Five-week coastal clean-up completed

Friday 8 May 2020
We’ve completed our subsea operations, with the successful recovery of 63 YM Efficiency containers off the Newcastle coast.
ym efficiency operation

The final load, including a bathroom pod previously counted as a container, was lifted from the seabed overnight (7 May). 

Site clearing using remotely operated underwater vessels (ROUV) is complete and offshore salvage vessel, MV Pride, has delivered the final containers to Port of Newcastle for waste processing.

The five-week operation, which began on 3 April, recovered thousands of tonnes of waste from waters off the Hunter Coast.  We've also helped clear our precious coastline and reduced the risk of vast amounts of pollution washing ashore and causing havoc to mariners and coastal communities.

The offshore work isn't the end of our efforts to rid the Hunter Coast of this hazardous and appalling mess. Work will continue onshore to process the containers and their contents for salvage, recycling and landfill.

AMSA Chief Executive Officer, Mick Kinley, said legal proceedings will also continue in order to recover all costs associated with the recovery operation. Read the media release.

Read our updates from the five-week operation and check out our footage of robotic equipment at work and look at what we found in the containers.