SIX months after the YM Efficiency container disaster off Port Stephens, and still the search continues for missing cargo and containers.
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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has now contracted a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROUV) to join the search operation.
So far three targets of interest have been located and imaged.
A spokesperson for the AMSA reported “The ROUV was deployed close to shore for testing just south of Fingal Bay at the known location of a target identified during the shoreline clean-up operations.”
“The ROUV identified a number of tyres and what could be the remains of a shipping container in about 20-30 metres of water.”
“ROUV proceeded to an area about 32 kilometres east of Redhead, in the vicinity of the location where the containers were lost from the ship.”
“The ROUV successfully located two containers on the seafloor and was able to image the container numbers.”
The containers are damaged but appear to be intact and resting in about 120 metres of water.
The ROUV assessments will continue over the coming weeks as weather conditions permit.
It’s now believed 81 containers were lost overboard from the Liberian registered YM efficiency in rough seas, debris washing up over a wide area, including Jimmy’s beach and Yaccaba Headland.
By: Margie TIERNEY