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The Panama-flagged, Iranian-owned tanker Sanchi's tragic sinking claimed the lives of all 32 crew and led to an oil slick which spread as far as Japan. Here is all you need to know about the collision, the clean-up, and subsequent accident investigation, including a timeline of key events to date.
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Black oil patches seen on shores of Amami-Oshima, Reuters reports
Chinese authorities say decision has yet to be made on whether or not to salvage the sunken tanker
Maritime authorities from Iran, China, Hong Kong and Panama have signed an agreement to jointly investigate accident
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New salvage contract expected to be announced in the next week as costs surpass $100m
Iranian state tanker operator says intensity of the blaze has been lessened amid continued fire suppression efforts
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