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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.



Sanchi disaster: Marine insurers will count the cost

However, the final bill will not be known for some time, experts say

Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa China

Sanchi: Get ready for the backlash

Latest big spill is PR car crash and may result in tougher legislation

Asia Pacific China Middle East and Africa

In praise of intolerance

The maritime industry could take a page from the aviation sector in taking a more intolerant stance toward accidents

International Asia Pacific Casualty

Oil from sunken Sanchi could have reached Japan

Black oil patches seen on shores of Amami-Oshima, Reuters reports

Asia Pacific Japan China

Salvage crews trying to remove oil from Sanchi

Chinese authorities say decision has yet to be made on whether or not to salvage the sunken tanker

Asia Pacific China Tankers and Gas

Focus on data recorders in Sanchi collision probe

Maritime authorities from Iran, China, Hong Kong and Panama have signed an agreement to jointly investigate accident

Asia Pacific Hong Kong China

Latest From Casualty

What's wrong with this system?

Being a United Nations agency, the IMO has no powers of enforcement. It can only encourage flag states to submit reports following very serious incidents

Safety Casualty

Polaris very large ore carrier disabled after engine room fire

The fire has been extinguished with no injuries reported

South America Brazil

Viewpoint: Captains courageous

A quiet anonymity suits modern masters, who probably have no wish to feature in the media for even the most positive reasons

Viewpoint Crewing

Iran and China disagree over cause of Sanchi disaster, report shows

A final report has been delivered to London while disagreement on the incident cause remains, said China’s Ministry of Transport

Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa

Intercargo submits bulk casualty report to IMO

Report includes analysis on non-availability of accident investigation reports, which prevents lessons from being learned

Dry Bulk Casualty

Hutchison Ports' safety record in the spotlight after Port Botany incident

Worker in critical condition following fall from straddle carrier

Asia Pacific Australia