Tuesday 25th Sep, 2018

Hydrographic vessel searches for YM Efficiency containers

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. Credit: AMSA
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. Credit: AMSA

HYDROGRAPHIC survey vessel J T Gowlland has begun a sub-sea search for containers lost from YM Efficiency.

As has been previously reported, eighty three containers fell over the side of the container ship off the NSW Central Coast more than a month ago.

J T Gowlland belongs to the Port of Newcastle and has been chartered by insurers of the Efficiency.

A spokesperson for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the search had been successful albeit poor weather meant the search was suspended “on occasions”.

“Search operations are expected to be completed later this week,” the spokesperson said.

“The search to date has identified a number of targets which may amount to as many as 50 containers, either broken apart or intact, on the sea floor within the search area (see map).”

According to AMSA, data collected is being processed by the surveyors with the final verification expected about a week after completion.

“The risk the containers pose to maritime operations can then be properly assessed,” the spokesperson said.




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