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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
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‘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.’
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‘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
‘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
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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
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