The ship's insurers have contracted Port of Newcastle to provide their hydrographic survey vessel to initially conduct a five-day search.
The initial search will focus on the high priority areas around where the containers were lost, and where modelling indicates that most of them are likely to be located.
The initial search area is identified in the map below with the shaded area showing where the initial search will be undertaken by the survey vessel. The map also shows the location where the containers were lost and the location of the two containers which have been recovered so far.
Download a higher quality version of the above map here.
The vessel will conduct daily surveys of the area. It will take approximately a fortnight to process and analyse the survey data and provide quality safety advice with associated maps and locations.
Given the potential risk to vessel safety, particularly trawling operations, AMSA will update the public and industry stakeholders as soon as we have confirmed data.
As the process to unload the remaining damaged containers from the YM Efficiency has progressed it has been discovered that fewer containers were lost than initially reported.
The total number of containers lost has been revised down from 83 containers to 81, this leaves 79 containers still unaccounted for.