ID : N-3911 Date : 2019/01/06 - 12:09
(Persia Digest) – The first anniversary of Sanchi oil tanker martyrs has been held at the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) with company managers, families of the martyrs, and groups of attendees from the public.
As reported by Persia Digest (PD), the Sanchi oil tanker was owned by NITC and registered in Panama. While carrying a natural-gas condensate cargo of 136,000 tons worth USD 60MM, it collided with the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship CF Crystal carrying a wheat cargo of 64,000 tons on 6 January 2017. It burned for nine days before sinking on 15 January. All 32 crew members burned in the fire and only the bodies of three were recovered and returned to Iran.
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Also, at the plenary meeting of Tehran’s Islamic City Council, members commemorated the Sanchi martyrs and voted to name a street the “Sanchi Seafarers” after them.
East Martyr Atefi Street, where the NITC is headquartered, will be renamed “Sanchi Seafarers” and West Martyr Atefi Street will be renamed as Martyr Atefi Street.
It must be noted that after the US withdrawal from the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal and reinstatement of sanctions against Iran, Sanchi was also placed on the list of sanctions, preventing Iran from making a hull insurance claim of USD 22MM from eleven foreign insurance companies and a USD 60MM for the sunken cargo. The US has in fact deprived Iran of claiming its rightful claim of USD 82MM.
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