More than 40 beaches on the New South Wales coastline have been inspected and cleaned after about 50 containers were lost off containership APL England (IMO 9218650) on May 24th, in heavy seas.
Clean-up crews have inspected and cleaned 45 beaches since the accident with 20 separate recovery teams deployed.
All debris has been removed from Birdie Beach on the NSW Central Coast. APL said that it was working closely with NSW maritime authorities to ensure all affected beaches were cleaned.
One of the impacted beaches was Bateau Bay on the Central Coast. Operations were continuing to remove the five containers that broke up on the rocks.
Dozens of plastic containers washed up on the shoreline of Port Botany.
Of the 50 containers lost overboard, 24 were empty refrigerated containers, while 26 contained a variety of goods. By June 2nd 16 containers had been accounted for.
The vessel has been detained by authorities in the Port of Brisbane after Australian inspectors said that they had found inadequate lashing arrangements for cargo, plus heavily corroded securing points for containers on deck.
Australian authorities have also brought charges against the master of the APL England. The offences relate to pollution and/or damage of the Australian marine environment as a result of poor cargo loading, AMSA said.
2001-built, Singapore-flagged, 65,792 gt APL England is owned by CMB Ocean 13 Leasing Co Pte care of manager APL Co Pte Ltd of Singapore. ISM manager is CMA CGM International Shipping of Singapore. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European Syndicate) on behalf of CMB Ocean 13 Leasing Co Pte Ltd.
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