|Owner:||Bright Shipping Ltd, Hong Kong (since 2016)|
|Operator:||National Iranian Tanker Company|
|Port of registry:|
|Ordered:||20 May 2005|
|Builder:||Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, South Korea|
|Laid down:||29 October 2007|
|Launched:||5 February 2008|
|Completed:||24 April 2008|
|Fate:||Sank after collision with another vessel|
|General characteristics |
|Type:||Suezmax crude oil tanker|
|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)|
|Propulsion:||Single shaft, fixed pitch propeller|
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 an 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).
The ship was built in 2008 by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries at Yeongam, South Korea, for the National Iranian Tanker Company. It was named Saman but was renamed Sepid one month after delivery. In June 2012, it was renamed Gardenia and reflagged from Malta to Tuvalu. In November 2012, the name was changed to Seahorse and in August 2013, to Sanchi. The vessel was reflagged to Tanzania in April 2014 and to Panama in July 2016.
On 6 January 2018 Sanchi collided with the cargo ship CF Crystal and caught fire. This occurred 160 nautical miles (300 km) off of Shanghai, China in the East China Sea. The fire burned for several days and part of the tanker exploded on 10 January.
Sanchi sank on 14 January 2018. The entire crew of 32 died, with one body recovered from the sea and two from a lifeboat.