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APL England container loss

In rough weather, early in the morning of 24 May, about 50 containers were lost overboard from the Singapore-flagged container ship APL England. Read our regular updates.

If you see debris along the New South Wales coastline please report it.


Update: 19 June

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has today released APL England to allow the ship to sail from Australia to undertake repairs in China. 

AMSA understand the ship will leave the Port of Brisbane this evening without cargo and with a new Master.

AMSA inspectors attended APL England today and were satisfied that the ship was fit to sail to China to undertake repairs.

The ship’s previous Master who is facing multiple charges relating to the incident, will leave the ship and be repatriated home.

Prior to allowing the ship to sail, AMSA received a formal written undertaking from the ship’s insurer, Steamship Mutual, that it will pay fines and other amounts that are agreed or imposed by a court in relation to AMSA’s costs in responding to the incident. This commitment is for an amount up to $22.5 million. 

AMSA welcomes advice from the owners and insurer that they are in the early stages of tendering for a sonar search of about 1000km2 of water from the Illawarra to Sydney’s southern suburbs where it is believed multiple containers may have sunk, as per the Direction issued by AMSA. 

Photos of the APL England empty of containers

From the bridge you can see the APL England with no containers
From the bridge you can see the APL England with no containers

Up high you can see right across the deck of the APL England with no containers
Up high you can see right across the deck of the APL England with no containers

From the dock looking up you can see the side of the APL England with no containers at the top
From the dock looking up you can see the side of the APL England with no containers at the top

 

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Last updated: 

Monday 22 June 2020