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Cargo lost from shipping containers in storm begins washing ashore in Australia

Some containers were hanging precariously over the edge as the ship neared the port of Brisbane. (PHOTO: Nine News Australia)

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.

Container ship with listing stacks of containers on stern
43 containers filled with goods such as household appliances, building materials and medical supplies went overboard in rough seas during a loss of power

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.

Video shows the APL England following the incident while still at sea. Damaged containers and others hanging over the stern are clearly visible.

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