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Recovery of debris from “YM Efficiency”

Publish Date 13/06/2018

On Friday 1 June 2018, the container vessel YM Efficiency reported the loss of 83 containers overboard, with an additional 30 containers damaged on board. At the time, the ship was offshore from the Central Coast of NSW.

13 June 2018

Roads and Maritime Services continue to coordinate the cleanup effort, along with Varley Group, the contractor appointed by the ship’s insurers. The contractor has collected approximately 750m3 of debris to date.

We want to thank our local community for pitching in with the clean up. However, we ask once again to stay clear the debris due to safety, environmental and liability reasons. Any sightings of debris must be reported to NSW Maritime on 13 12 36.

Local community members are invited to attend to the information sessions, hosted by NSW Maritime Executive Director Angus Mitchell, who is also the State Marine Pollution Controller.
- Wednesday 13 June, 6pm - Wests Nelson Bay, Remembrance Room
- Thursday 14 June, 10am - Baptist Church Tea Gardens

For more information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/containerincident or call 13 12 36.

5 June 2018

Port Stephens Council is currently responding to debris washing up on our coast as a result of shipping containers that were lost overboard from the container vessel YM Efficiency.

We want to thank all of the volunteers who have cleaned up rubbish on our beaches. We now ask the public to not put themselves at risk - stay clear of any debris and containers, and instead report to NSW Maritime on 13 12 36.

Whilst we discourage any community members from collecting any more waste, those who have done so can bring it to Council’s Waste Transfer Station at Salamander Bay, free of charge. As any rubbish that has washed up on shore is yet to clear customs, Council will need to quarantine it until such time as we receive further instructions from Roads and Maritime Services.

We will continue to monitor the situation and clean up rubbish as needed. Find out more on the dedicated RMS webpage.