Boaters warned after 83 shipping containers fall from cargo ship

NEW South Wales Roads and Maritime Services have advised anyone boating off the north coast to “be on alert for debris” after more than 80 shipping containers toppled from a cargo ship off Stockton last week. 

Containers from the 83 that fell have been sighted about 100 metres offshore from Fingal Head and Boondelbah Island near Port Stephens.

Roads and Maritime Executive Director Angus Mitchell said the containers are believed to have fallen overboard from the YM Efficiency about 30 kilometres off the NSW Central Coast in Commonwealth waters.

Roads and Maritime is asking members of the public to be on the lookout for these 40-foot containers and associated debris at sea and on shore.

Boaters are being made aware of these possible navigation hazards on marine radio.

Members of the public should report any sightings of the containers to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority reporting hotline on 1800 641 792.

Further information about the incident can be found in this article from the Sydney Morning Herald, and this article on the ABC website.

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