Recovery of debris from container vessel “YM Efficiency”
On Friday 1 June 2018 the container vessel YM Efficiency carrying 2252 containers reported the loss of 81 containers overboard, with an additional 59 containers damaged on board. At the time, the ship was offshore from the Central Coast of NSW.
We encourage members of the public to stay away from debris for safety reasons.
If you see any debris, it is very important not to touch it or attempt to clean it up. The cargo is from overseas and still subject to Australian Quarantine provisions.
Contractors are engaged to work right along the coast where necessary to clean up any debris that washes ashore. Collected debris will be placed in local skip bins and shipped directly to a disposal facility.
Advice to vessel operators
Given the potential risk to vessel safety, particularly trawling operations, AMSA will continue to update the public and industry stakeholders as soon as they have confirmed data. Visit AMSA’s website for updates and a map of potential hazards to mariners.
- 8 May 2020 - Media release - Environmental win worthy of celebration: YM Efficiency container retrieval success
- 12 June 2018 - Media release - Next steps considered in NSW clean up effort
- Navigation Warning - Offshore waters of NSW, Newcastle to Yamba - Shipping containers lost
- 8 June 2018 - Media release - Yoga mats wash up in Coffs Harbour as container debris clean up continues
- 7 June 2018 - Media release - New locations emerge in the ongoing clean up of mid north coast
- 6 June 2018 - Media release - Rubbish retrieval vessel transferred from Sydney to Port Stephens for day six of container clean up
- 5 June 2018 - Media release - Divers and boats join official clean up of container debris on mid north coast
- 4 June 2018 - Media release - Clean up effort well under way after container ship spill of NSW coast
- 1 June 2018 - Media release - Beach goers and boaters advised to be on alert for debris 83 shipping containers lost at sea off NSW