Wednesday 12th Dec, 2018

Advanced technology set to be deployed in tracking missing containers

Photo: Jim Wilson and Hema Maps
Photo: Jim Wilson and Hema Maps

RADAR and satellite technology is set to be used to help track missing containers from the YM Efficiency.

A spokesperson for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said they were investigating “whether we can use radar and optical satellite capabilities to further improve our understanding of where potential hazards may be located”.

Earlier this week the AMSA pollution response team discussed with its NSW Roads and Maritime Services counterparts options for tracking and recovering lost containers.

AMSA consequently activated a modelling contract to help RMS find both sunken and floating containers, as well as where drifting containers are likely to wash ashore.

“After discussions with Roads and Maritime Services we also understand they are working with the Navy to deploy some hydrographic capability in the near future to attempt to pin-point potential obstructions and issue more specific warnings to stakeholders, especially the commercial fishing industry, before any removal operation,” the spokesperson said.

According to AMSA, under the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies, New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services has taken the lead on container recovery.

AMSA is inspecting the ship for compliance with Safety of Life at Sea Convention requirements regarding cargo stowage and securing.

“This inspection is expected to be finalised in the coming days,” the spokesperson said.

The ATSB has also started an investigation and is to prepare a report on its findings in due course.

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