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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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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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