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.    

Chinese firefighters spraying foam on Sanchi.
13 Jan 2018
The discovery of the bodies, whose nationalities and identities are awaiting confirmation, means that 29 of the 32 Sanchi crew members, comprising 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, remain missing.
12 Jan 2018
The tanker continues to burn making it dangerous and difficult for the search-and-rescue work to take place.
The Sanchi tanker burst into flames after it collided with the CF Crystal
11 Jan 2018
Iran has requested assistance from the Japan Coast Guard in the rescue-and-recovery operations for the Sanchi after the burning vessel partially exploded again on 10 January.
Tanker Sanchi in flames
09 Jan 2018
Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization downplays the concern and damage resulting from the oil spill following the tanker collision, and prioritises search-and-rescue efforts for the missing crew members.
Sanchi burst in flames
08 Jan 2018
Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization and National Iranian Tanker Company will begin a joint investigation into the tanker disaster off the Shanghai coast that left 32 seafarers missing.