Navigation warning - Tasman Sea
LOST SHIPPING CONTAINERS AND DEBRIS
Friday 12 June 2020 until further notice
On Sunday 24 May 2020 vessel APL England lost 50 shipping containers overboard about 36 nautical miles east off Port Botany, at an approximate position 34° 11”.56 South and 151° 55”.13 East, while transiting the Tasman Sea along the NSW coast.
While some shipping containers and their contents have been recovered, others remain lost and their exact location is unknown, therefore they represent a serious hazard to navigation.
Containers have been located ashore and in offshore waters between Norah Head in the north and Tathra in the south.
Debris associated with the shipping containers has been located ashore and in offshore waters between Seal Rocks in the north and Tathra in the south.
There may be more shipping containers and debris within the area detailed above.
Vessel operators and persons using NSW coastal waters generally should be alert to the potential for shipping containers and debris to spread beyond waters between Seal Rocks and Tathra.
All vessel operators and persons using the waters detailed above should keep a proper lookout and exercise extreme caution, and wear a lifejacket when operating a vessel.
This navigation advice remains in place until further notice.
Transport for NSW advises:
- Persons within the vicinity of these waterways must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00).
MAPS AND CHARTS AFFECTED
Transport for NSW Boating Maps – 1 to 14 inclusive.
Nautical charts – 805 to 813 inclusive.
For further information concerning this Navigation Warning, please contact TfNSW (Maritime Infoline) on 131 236 from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8:30am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
MARINE NOTICE SY2028