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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

Equinor cleans up hurricane-damaged oil terminal in Bahamas

‘A response team continues to assess the damage and plan the recovery work,’ Equinor said. ‘Initial recovery assets have been deployed and more machinery and equipment is being added.’

Bahamas Casualty

Tanker markets await repair timeline after drone knocks out half of Saudi oil production

Abqaiq is the largest oil processing facility in the world and seen as the nerve centre of the Saudi energy system. Initial reports indicate 15 structures at Abqaiq suffered damage. A report seen by Lloyd’s List suggests repairs could take months.

Tankers and Gas Iran

Port of Brunswick re-opens after car carrier incident

‘We want to make sure we go at slow speeds, that there’s no wake from the vessel that would shift the capsized vessel in any way,’ said Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority

South Korea US States

US authorities allow two ships to sail out of Brunswick to test Golden Ray casualty

‘This is not going to be a quick operation, the salvage operation... I don’t think it is out of the realm of the possible that this could go a month or potentially longer. It could be months, plural’ — Cmdr Norm Witt

United States Casualty

Port of Brunswick could open to limited vessel traffic by Thursday

With the accident, concern is growing over Hyundai Glovis’ track record in the pure car carrier business, according to Korea Investment & Securities analyst Choi Go-woon

Ports and Logistics Roro

All seafarers rescued from capsized car carrier off US coast

The fourth man, who was trapped in a separate compartment, emerged several hours later. This crewman’s rescue was a greater challenge because he was trapped behind glass in a separate engineering compartment on another deck

US States Casualty