0919 GMT July 21, 2019
Sunday marked the first anniversary of the last year tragic incident in which an Iranian oil tanker collided with a ship and sank in the East China Sea, claiming the lives of all crew members.
The bereaved families of the victims as well as officials of the National Iranian Tanker Company, the owner of the tanker, attended a ceremony in Tehran to commemorate the victims of the worst oil ship disaster in decades.
On January 6, 2018, the Iranian oil tanker, called Sanchi, collided with the freighter CF Crystal, which was carrying grain from the United States, and sank after burning for more than a week.
The Panama-registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tons of condensate, an ultralight crude, equivalent to just under one million barrels, worth about $60 million.
The Sanchi sank on January 14 after burning for several days.
The entire crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, were killed.
Iran’s government declared a day of national mourning last year to honor “the brave mariners who died in the course of their mission to advance the country’s goals and suffered a terrible disaster and joined the martyrs”, according to an official statement.
Also on Sunday, chairman of Tehran City Council, Mohsen Hashemi, said a street in the capital will be named after Sanchi victims.