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Newcastle Port, lost containers’ search

Port of Newcastle survey vessel continues hunt for 42 containers lost off cargo ship YM Efficiency

A search has located up to 37 containers lost from the deck of a Liberian-flagged cargo ship into the sea off Port Stephens during wild weather in June, but up to 42 containers are yet to be found.

The bulk of the located containers are in an area relatively close to where the YM Efficiency reported it had lost cargo on June 1, about 30 kilometres south-east of Newcastle.

But containers and debris located on the final day of a six-day search at least six nautical miles north of where the incident occurred showed more containers and debris could be found closer to Stockton Beach as the search continues. The search area covers 90 square kilometres.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the YM Efficiency’s insurer, Aus Ship, and owner Yang Ming had agreed to continue the search for the missing containers using the contracted Port of Newcastle surveying vessel JT Gowlland.

Read more at Bendigo Advertiser.

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