The ATSB is investigating the loss of containers overboard from APL England in heavy weather, about 37 NM east-south-east of Sydney, NSW, on 24 May 2020.
At 0610 AEST, during heavy weather, the vessel’s main engine tripped, resulting in loss of propulsion for a short time. During this period, the vessel was rolling heavily—up to 25°—causing an unknown number of containers to fall on deck and into the sea.
As part of the investigation, investigators will attend the ship upon its safe arrival into port, and collect relevant evidence including interviewing directly involved parties.
Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.
|Date:||24 May 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0610 EST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||37 NM east-south-east of Sydney||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||4th Quarter 2021|
|Type of operation||Commercial, cargo|
|Damage to vessel||Substantial|
|Departure point||Ningbo, China|