Jan 10, 2019 20:13 Asia/Tehran

Managing Director of Ports and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rastad said that the main output of the casualty investigation of Sanchi incident is the lesson to be learned, that has been our priority while we were doing investigation of Sanchi incident.

Iran Press/Iran news: Mohammad Rastad in an exclusive interview with Iran Press News agency on the sideline of the 1st commemoration ceremony of martyrs of Sanchi oil tanker said: "The main output of the casualty investigation is the lesson to be learned. That has been our priority while we were doing investigation of Sanchi incident. There were some comments from the casualty investigation report which suggest some sort of actions in order to reduce the risk of such incidents in the future."

"Usually international maritime organization considers the output of causality investigation in order to plane for amendments on the existing conventions or even introducing new codes or requirements on-board vessels," Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development and Managing Director of Ports and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rastad said.

Rastad added: "So we hope that as we have been doing detailed investigation of this incident the outcome of causality investigation. Proposals which are going to observe the enhancement of safety navigation would have positive impacts on the reduction of marine casualties all over the worlds in all high seas and specially in our fleets."

Sanchi

The Sanchi oil tanker collision occurred on 6 January 2018 when the Panamanian-flagged, Iranian-owned tanker Sanchi, with a full natural-gas condensate cargo of 136,000 tonnes (960,000 barrels), sailing from Iran to South Korea, collided with the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship CF Crystal 160 nautical miles (300 km) off Shanghai, China.

Today 10 Jan 2019, The 1st commemoration ceremony of martyrs of Sanchi oil tanker was held in Tehran’s Hosseiniyah Ershad in the presence of families of victims, a number of government officials, ambassadors, charge d’affaires of foreign countries, Chinese representatives, and China’s ambassador to Tehran.

After incident, Sanchi caught fire shortly after the collision; after burning and drifting for over a week, it sank on 14 January. None of Sanchi's 32 crew members survived.

The crew of the CF Crystal was rescued and the ship made port in China. The financial damage of the sinking of Sanchi, based on NIOC estimates, is around USD 110 million: USD 60 million for the cargo and USD 50 million for the vessel itself.

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