On 6 January 2018 Sanchi, a 2008-built 154 dwt Suezmax tanker, collided with Panamax bulk carrier CF Crystal 300 km off Shanghai. The impact caused Sanchi to burst into flames and resulted in the death of all its 32 crew members, as well as the eventual sinking of the vessel. The Suezmax was carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate and now ranks as the sixth largest oil spills in history.    

News & Analysis

Sanchi in flames
07 Feb 2018
Marine insurers seek clarity on the restrictions of financial transactions following the collision of Iranian oil tanker Sanchi and Chinese bulk carrier CF Crystal.
23 Jan 2018
A combined area of 87.3 km² oil slick has been cleaned in 62 salvage and clean-up operations so far.
Oil seen in seawater
22 Jan 2018
Satellite images now show three slicks of different sizes covering a combined area of 332 km².
19 Jan 2018
The sinking of the Suezmax tanker Sanchi has led to one of the industry’s largest-ever oil spills, yet shipping’s overall safety and environmental trend has been positive. Fairplay examines the broader industry track record.
Sanchi ablaze
18 Jan 2018
The biggest issue regarding Sanchi for underwriters and salvage companies at present is the ongoing international dispute over the territorial waters in which the wreck is situated.
Sanchi seen burning before it sank
16 Jan 2018
Crew members were 'probably sleeping' when the accident happened.