Tuesday 13th Nov, 2018

UPDATE: YM Efficiency to berth Wednesday morning

Photo: Ian Ackerman
Photo: Ian Ackerman

YM Efficiency (IMO 9353280) is to berth at DP World Australia’s Berth 10 at Port Botany on Wednesday at 0800, according to the latest information from the Port Authority of New South Wales.

The vessel lost 83 containers overboard off the coast of the New South Wales Central Coast on Thursday night in rough weather.

Port Botany harbourmaster Philip Holliday told reporters on Monday that he had been liaising closely with a number of agencies, including AMSA.

“We’ve now reached a position where I’m pleased to say that we’re able to bring the YM Efficiency into Port Botany … during daylight hours,” Mr Holliday said.

“I’m pleased to say that DP World have made the very helpful and sensible suggestion that they will take the ship, so the YM Efficiency will come into Port Botany and berth alongside at DP World at number 10 Berth.”

The harbourmaster said he anticipated that the ship would be at berth for “a number of days” while the boxes that are onboard and damaged are recovered.

He said salvage of the boxes lost overboard was ongoing and managed by Roads and Maritime Services.

“Our role here at the Port Authority is to make sure the ship is brought in safely, we’ll do that during daylight hours tomorrow,” Mr Holliday said.

The harbourmaster continued, saying the Port Authority was in the process of determining whether it would be safer for the pilot to be transferred via launch or helicopter to bring the vessel to berth tomorrow.

“We’ll get the ship alongside tomorrow, and hopefully life will return to normal,” he said.

Note: This story has been updated from the original to reflect that the ETA for YM Efficiency was revised from Tuesday 5 June to Wednesday 6 June.

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