ON 1 June 2018, the Liberian-flagged container ship YM Efficiency lost 81 containers in heavy weather about 30 kilometres southeast of Newcastle.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has taken the next step to recovering shipping containers lost overboard from the vessel. It has opened a tender for salvage and offshore construction operators to remove containers for safe disposal onshore.

The closing date for tenders is 19 September, with the clean-up expected to begin early next year.

The successful operator will work closely with AMSA to mitigate any identified risks to the marine environment.


AMSA and NSW Maritime will host public information sessions to give members of the community an opportunity to learn more about the salvage operation and how they will be managing waste.

You can find out more about the incident and AMSA’s sub-sea search for the lost containers at: https://www.amsa.gov.au/marine-environment/incidents-and-exercises/ym-efficiency-salvage-operation