PortandTerminal.com, May 26, 2020
People live along Sydney’s coast in Australia have started finding some of the cargo lost from the APL England, including packets of surgical face masks and medical protective gear from China.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Austrian media is reporting that debris from the 43 containers that were lost overboard from the APL England over the weekend has started washing ashore.
The ship experienced a loss of propulsion in heavy seas shortly after 6 am on Sunday. The power loss occurred in heavy seas and lead to the loss of the containers as the vessel rolled violently. An additional 74 containers were damaged during the incident.
Debris coming ashore
Face masks and plastic containers, among other items, have begun washing up on shorelines throughout New South Wales’ east coast.
Residents in Bondi on Wednesday morning have snapped photographs of the sand-strewn with face masks.
The ship was transporting medical supplies including masks and face shields bound for St John Ambulance, furniture including bar stools, pet accessories and food dehydrators, among other items.
Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority said it’s still “unclear” exactly which containers went overboard.
However, it says it’s likely debris will continue to wash up for several days.
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