MV Sanchi

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  • Saman (2008)
  • Sepid (2008–2012)
  • Gardenia (2012)
  • Seahorse (2012–2013)
  • Sanchi (2013–2018)
Owner: Bright Shipping Ltd, Hong Kong (since 2016)
Operator: National Iranian Tanker Company
Port of registry:
Ordered: 20 May 2005[1]
Builder: Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, South Korea[1]
Yard number: S316[1]
Laid down: 29 October 2007[1]
Launched: 5 February 2008[1]
Completed: 24 April 2008[1]
In service: 2008–2018
Fate: Sank after collision with another vessel
General characteristics [1]
Type: Suezmax[2] crude oil tanker
  • 85,462 GT
  • 53,441 NT
  • 164,154 DWT
Displacement: 189,653 tons[3]
Length: 274.18 m (899 ft 6 in)
Beam: 50 m (164 ft 1 in)
Draught: 17 m (55 ft 9 in)
Depth: 23.1 m (75 ft 9 in)
Installed power: MAN-B&W 6S70MC-C, 18,660 kW (25,020 bhp)[3]
Propulsion: Single shaft, fixed pitch propeller
  • 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) (maximum)
  • 15.4 knots (28.5 km/h; 17.7 mph) (service)[3]
Crew: 32

Sanchi was a 2008-built Panamanian-flagged Suezmax crude oil tanker operated by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC). The vessel previously sailed under the names Saman (2008), Sepid (2008–2012), Gardenia (2012) and Seahorse (2012–2013).

On 6 January 2018, Sanchi collided in the East China Sea with the cargo ship CF Crystal and caught fire while carrying a full cargo of natural-gas condensate. The oil tanker sank on 14 January 2018 after having been reported to have partially exploded four days prior; the crew of 32 died, with one body recovered from the sea and two from a lifeboat.[4]


Sanchi was a double-hulled crude oil tanker with an overall length of 274.18 metres (899 ft 6 in), beam of 50 metres (160 ft), and full-load draught of 17 metres (55 ft 9 in). With a deadweight tonnage of 164,154 tons, the vessel was a typical Suezmax tanker, a vessel able to transit the Suez Canal in a laden condition. Sanchi was powered by a 18,660-kilowatt (25,020 bhp) MAN-B&W 6S70MC-C slow-speed diesel engine driving a fixed-pitch propeller and giving the tanker a service speed of 15.4 knots (28.5 km/h; 17.7 mph).[1][3]


The ship was built in 2008 by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries at Yeongam, South Korea, for the National Iranian Tanker Company and, over the years, has traded under a number of names and national ship registers. The vessel was built as Saman but renamed Sepid only one month after delivery. In June 2012, it was renamed Gardenia and reflagged from Malta to Tuvalu. In November, the name was changed again to Seahorse and finally, in August 2013, to Sanchi. The vessel was reflagged to Tanzania in April 2014 and finally to Panama in July 2016.[3][5]

2018 collision[edit]

Sanchi was carrying a full cargo of 136,000 tonnes (960,000 barrels) of natural-gas condensate for South Korean petrochemicals company Hanwha Total from Asaluyeh port, Iran, to Daesan, South Korea, when it collided with Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier CF Crystal in the East China Sea, 160 nautical miles (300 km) off Shanghai, China, on 6 January 2018. Sanchi's cargo caught fire quickly after the collision and continued to burn fiercely.[6][7][8] Part of the tanker was reported to have exploded on 10 January.[9] On 14 January, eight days after the collision, Sanchi sank.[10] The entire crew of 32 died; only three bodies were recovered.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sanchi (27100)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Biohazard team on standby as Iranian tanker turns toxic fireball". Marinetraffic. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sanchi (9356608)"Paid subscription required. Sea-web. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Burning Iranian oil tanker has sunk after January 6 accident: Chinese". Reuters. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Sanchi (9356608)"Free registration required. Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2018-01-14. 
  6. ^ Bland, Ben (8 January 2018). "Rescuers battle toxic oil blaze off China coast". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Xiaolin, Zeng (7 January 2018). "NITC tanker explodes in collision, 32 missing". Fairplay. IHS Markit Maritime. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Tang, Irene (8 January 2018). "Analysis: South Korea may seek prompt naphtha after condensate cargo collision". S&P Global Platts. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  9. ^ Fang, Nanlin; Dewan, Angela (10 January 2018). "Oil tanker Sanchi partially explodes in East China Sea". CNN. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "Burning oil tanker 'sinks off China'". BBC News Online. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 

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