Ship loses dozens of containers off NSW coast

A Singapore-flagged ship that lost about 40 shipping containers off the New South Wales coast while travelling from China to Melbourne is making its way to Brisbane.

The container ship APL England lost the cargo in rough seas on Sunday while en route, forcing it to turnaround and head to the Queensland capital port.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority officers are expected to board the vessel to inspect the damage on Tuesday.

The APL England suffered a temporary loss of propulsion during heavy seas about 75 kilometres southeast of Sydney, which caused it to roll.

Some 40 containers were lost overboard in water about 2km deep and another 74 were damaged, leaving nine containers protruding from the ship's starboard and port sides.

AMSA planes on Sunday searched for containers and cargo debris in the water without success.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was also notified and will investigate.

The APL England - under different management - previously lost 37 containers in the Great Australian Bight in August 2016, also due to heavy rolling in rough seas.






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