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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

From the News Desk: Ro-ro sector facing double whammy

Car carriers and ferry operators have been among the hardest hit segments of the maritime industry as a result of the coronavirus backdrop, while a spate of recent fires on ships have highlighted serious safety concerns

Casualty Passenger

Gulf of Mexico grain export terminal repairs delayed

The delay means the Reserve terminal will miss a key portion of the US crop-cargo season, with most of the country’s soyabeans exported from the beginning of November through the end of January

US States Dry Bulk

Weekly briefing: Container lines boost finances, ‘caution’ over US sanctions guidance

Pacific International Lines is in early negotiations with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund over much-needed investment, while shipowners are urged to continue to take a risk-based approach to anything that touches on US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela despite new guidance

Containers Dry Bulk

Stranded Cosco VLCC waits for rescue off South Africa

Vessel had no cargo on board when the incident occurred

Tankers and Gas Casualty

Two vessels run aground in Singapore Strait

No injuries have been reported, but the cause of the incident is still unknown

Singapore Casualty

Weekly briefing: Floating storage at record high; downbeat quarterly earnings

The peak of the crude oil storage crisis may now be over as production cuts have come in ‘harder and larger’ than previously expected, and this is reflected in falling spot rates for both crude and product tankers

Dry Bulk Containers