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The ATSB is investigating the loss of cargo containers overboard involving YM Efficiency, near Port Stephens, New South Wales.

On 1 June 2018, the 269 m long container ship, YM Efficiency, was off the coast of New South Wales destined for Port Botany. Shortly after midnight, while sailing through rough weather, the vessel rolled and pitched heavily, resulting in substantial movement of the cargo containers. Of the 2,252 containers on board, 83 were lost overboard and an additional 30 containers moved or were damaged. There was no reported damage to the vessel.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain information and recordings from the ship, company and pilots, and will interview directly involved parties as appropriate.

A report will be released at the end of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, relevant parties will be immediately notified so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 01 June 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0001 EST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):abeam Port Stephens Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Vessel details
Operator: Yang Ming Marine Transport  
Vessel: YM Efficiency 
Flag: Liberia 
Sector: Container 
Type of Operation: Cargo 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Destination:Port Botany, New South Wales
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Last update 05 June 2018