NSW Government pitches in for container clean up

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC have announced details of the clean up underway on the mid-north coast after debris washed up from shipping containers.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) are leading the recovery of containers that fell off a cargo ship near Port Stephens during the weekend.

The YM Efficiency cargo ship lost some 83 containers in heavy seas about 30 kilometres offshore and they have started to wash up along the NSW Mid North Coast and Nelson Bay peninsula.

Minister Upton said protecting the community and the environment was a priority.

“The NSW Environment Protection Authority will work with AMSA, RMS and the local councils to ensure clean-up of all material occurs,” Ms Upton said.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Port Stephens Council Mayor Ryan Palmer onsite at Anna Bay to survey the debris and monitor response efforts.

“The NSW Government stands ready to assist other coastal councils who may experience impacts in the near future.”

Mr MacDonald said AMSA will seek to recover costs of clean-up from the ship owner.

“Councils should not be financially disadvantaged by this incident.”

“I will be working with those involved to make sure that the clean-up occurs as quickly as possible,” he said.

“I have been advised that AMSA have engaged contractors to recover the containers, their contents and clean up any waste material washed ashore,” Minister Upton said.

The EPA will organise a meeting between affected councils, AMSA, RMS and the clean-up contractors to so the impacts of the incident are minimised and all waste is removed.




Alan Gale | Minister Upton | 0418 892 778

Scot MacDonald | 0408 450 032