Cargo begins to wash up on Australia’s beaches after 40 containers have fallen off a ship off Sydney
Valuable cargo washed ashore on beaches after 40 containers fell from a Sydney ship – incredible photos show others about to fall from the side
- Cargo washed ashore on beaches along the NSW Central Coast of freighter
- APL England under Singaporean flag hit rough seas 73 km southeast of Sydney
- It lost cargo on Sunday and had to turn around and head to Brisbane
- Face masks were washed up on beaches on the NSW Central Coast on Tuesday
Cargo washed ashore on beaches after a Singapore-flagged ship lost 40 shipping containers in rough seas off the coast of New South Wales.
The APL England was on its way from China to Melbourne on Sunday when it got into wild weather about 73 km southeast of Sydney.
Large waves caused the ship to roll and piles of containers were destabilized and fell into 2 km of deep water, causing the ship to turn and head towards Brisbane.
Incredible images show various containers hanging dangerously over the edge of the ship.
Unusual cargo washed ashore on beaches after a Singapore-flagged ship lost 40 containers off the coast of New South Wales
About 40 containers filled with goods such as household appliances, building materials and medical supplies fell into 2 km of water
About 40 containers filled with goods such as household appliances, building materials and medical supplies fell into the ocean, said Allan Schwartz, general manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
People living along the Sydney coast have started to find some of the cargo, including packages of surgical face masks and medical protective equipment from China.
Alex Barrell, Executive Director of NSW Maritime, said flexible duct boxes, commonly used in heating and cooling systems, washed up on the beaches in east Sydney on Tuesday.
“These correspond to items on the ship’s cargo manifesto, along with building materials, protective gear, plastic bottles, and airplane seats,” Barrell said in a statement.
“Fortunately, no dangerous substances are reported in what fell overboard.”
Mr. Schwartz said reports of face mask washing have been received between Magenta Beach and The Entrance on the NSW Central Coast.
“These correspond to drift modeling of debris and correspond to items listed on the ship’s cargo manifesto,” he said.
The ship lost cargo on its way from China to Melbourne on Sunday, with the incident forcing the ship to turn and head towards Brisbane
Singapore-flagged APL England hit rough seas about 73 km southeast of Sydney, destabilizing stacks of containers
“We will manage the further collection and safe removal of debris from this vessel as part of our marine pollution responsibilities,” said Barrell.
AMSA officers boarded the ship on Tuesday to check the structural and operational condition of the ship after the collapse of the container stacks.
The authorities expect to know the result of the inspection and have confirmation of the next steps on Wednesday morning.
It states whether and how the ship can be safely brought into the port of Brisbane.
Incredible images showed several containers hanging dangerously over the edge of the ship
NSW Maritime advises coastal councils between Sydney and Gosford on handling the containers and their contents
“Once the ship is safely in port, we will begin our investigation, which will focus on the safety of the ship, including whether the cargo has been properly stacked and secured on board the ship, and potential breaches of environmental pollution regulations, ”said Mr. Schwartz.
The APL England suffered a temporary loss of propulsion in heavy seas about 75 km southeast of Sydney, causing it to roll.
A few dozen containers tumbled overboard in waters about 2 km deep, while another 74 were damaged, leaving nine containers protruding on the ship’s starboard and port sides.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has also been notified and will investigate.
The APL England – under various leadership – previously lost 37 containers in the Great Australian Bight in August 2016, also due to heavy rolling in rough seas.
Several dozen containers tumbled overboard in waters about 2 km deep, while another 74 were damaged