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APL England Looses 43 Containers in Rough Weather off NSW Coast

Logistic News - Published on Wed, 27 May 2020

Image Source: APL England, Accident
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority received notification that a container ship had lost cargo overboard off the NSW coast on May 24. The Singapore flagged container ship APL England experienced a temporary loss of propulsion during heavy seas about 73 kilometres south east of Sydney. The ship’s power was restored within a few minutes but during this time the ship reported that it was rolling heavily, causing container stacks to collapse and several containers to fall overboard. The Master of the APL England has reported that 40 containers were lost overboard in waters about 2 kilometre deep, 74 containers have been damaged. Six containers are reported to be protruding from starboard side, and three from the port side of the ship. The ship has not reported any damage to the hull.

The APL England, built-in 2001, was used in 2011 to test a seawater scrubber. At that time, APL said the vessel was part of its Pacific Coast Express service that called ports in Korea, China, Japan, California, and Alaska. APL England, which has a capacity of 5,510 twenty-foot equivalent units, was in Singapore on April 25, the Philippines on April 30, Shanghai on May 8 and Ningbo on May 10, The ship was en route from China to Australia.

While it is still unclear exactly which containers have fallen overboard, initial indications are that the affected stacks contained a wide range of goods, like household appliances, building materials, and medical supplies. Coastal communities are on high alert for debris or shipping containers washing up on beaches after boxes appeared on Bondi Beach. There are report of medical supplies, including face masks, washing up between Magenta Beach and The Entrance in New South Wales.

AMSA’s Challenger jet was tasked overnight to look for containers and debris in the water and inspect the ship for any signs of damage or pollution. Some containers were spotted in the water however efforts were hampered by bad weather and poor visibility

The APL England has turned around and is now heading toward Brisbane in Queensland. AMSA will be inspecting the ship, once the destination Port has been confirmed, upon its arrival.

This is not the first incident involving container losses from APL England. The APL England previously lost 37 containers in the Great Australian Bight in August 2016 due to heavy rolling in rough seas.

APL was founded in the United States more than 170 years ago. It was acquired by Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines in 1997 and then sold to CMA CGM in 2016.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 27 May 2020
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