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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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The cases on board a tanker and bulk carrier, which led to two deaths including a deck cadet, involved lack of awareness and training about entering enclosed spaces
The hurricane season typically extends from June 1 to November 30 in the region around the wrecked ship
An investigation into the cause of the fire is in progress
‘The risk of explosion increases by the day, and if that were to happen, not only would it damage or sink any ships in the vicinity, but it would create an environmental crisis roughly four and a half times the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill,’ the report says
Search and rescue efforts remain the top priority as the US Coast Guard looks for the remaining two crew members with flights, shore patrols and maritime searches
The US Coast Guard suspended its search on Tuesday afternoon due to heavy fog, but resumed on Wednesday morning
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