Master of APL England charged and company fined $22 million for overboard containers
On Friday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) laid charges against the Master of the APL England, that lost 50 containers overboard last Sunday.
"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," said Allan Schwartz from the AMSA.
APL has paid for contractors to assist NSW Maritime in retrieving the lost containers, which continue to be found across the NSW coastline.
“We welcome APL taking responsibility by engaging contractors to undertake shoreline clean-up and retrieve some of the floating containers this week, but the impacts of this incident could take months, if not years to remediate and we expect these efforts to be sustained for however long it takes.”
The APL England remains under detention in the Port of Brisbane until the AMSA receives $22 million in financial security.
“This action...provides a commitment that they will remediate all impacts of this incident. That $22 million covers estimated costs including that of a clean-up.”
Debris from the incident have now been found from Wollongong to Port Stephens. So far only 15 of the 50 containers have been accounted for. On the weekend a tug boat towed several containers into the mouth of the Hawkesbury River to be lifted out by crane.