Posted on October 25, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis

Efforts have resumed in Newcastle to locate the 42 sunken shipping containers from the YM Efficiency, in an attempt to ensure safe paths for fishing trawlers.

The containers sunk earlier this year, when the YM Efficiency, a Taiwan-operated, Liberian-flagged cargo ship, experienced rough weather off the coast of Newcastle, Australia.

During the incident that took place on June 1st, the vessel lost 81 containers in total, and had another 62 damaged in the process.

An initial search conducted in late June and July, only managed to trace part of the missing cargo. It located 37 probable containers, strewn over 50 square kilometres.

According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, a second search for the sunken containers recommenced on Friday.

The search, which is being funded the ship’s insurer and owner, will also focus on surveying the local fishing grounds, as to ensure that trawl operations in the area can resume safely.

The final AMSA report into the incident is not expected until mid-2019.

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