PortandTerminal.com, May 31, 2020
“This and other incidents remind us of the important role the ship’s master has in ensuring the ships that ply our waters are operated safely and do not damage our marine environment,”
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – The Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) has charged the captain of the APL England with offences relating to pollution and damage of the marine environment as a result of poor cargo loading.
The AMSA also ordered $22 million AUD ($15 million USD) from APL Singapore under the Protection of the Seas Act, which must be paid before the ship will be released from detention at the Port of Brisbane.
The charges came as the Singapore-flagged ship, which lost some of its cargo off the coast of Australia last Sunday, confirmed that it lost 50 shipping containers in the incident.
The ship was en route to Melbourne from China when a loss of power in rough seas caused the vessel to rock violently and sent containers toppling overboard.
AMSA operations general manager Allan Schwartz handed down the charges on Friday, a decision he said was not taken lightly.
“This and other incidents remind us of the important role the ship’s master has in ensuring the ships that ply our waters are operated safely and do not damage our marine environment,” Mr Schwartz said in a statement.
The decision does not detract from the responsibility of the ship’s owner, APL Singapore, insurer Steamship Mutual, and operator ANL, he added.
ANL also said it had contracted two companies to help with the clean-up, including the removal of debris and spilled containers.
So far, some 15 containers have been accounted for.
New South Wales (NSW) Maritime acting executive director Alex Barrell on Friday said about 100 people were working to remove containers and their contents from beaches and bays.
The authority’s investigation is continuing.
(with content from AAP Newswire)
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