The vessel YM Eternity (voy 084S), the sister ship of the YM Efficiency, which lost 81 shipping containers off the coast of Newcastle and Port Stephens in June 2018, has been arrested in Sydney for a pollution debt that could reach as high as AU$20 million (US$13.4 million).
Following a petition to the court by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to recover the outstanding debt the Federal Court Admiralty Marshall arrested the ship at Port Botany on Sunday morning. As a result, DP World is prevented from commencing cargo operations on the vessel.
At this stage it is unknown how long the ship will remain under arrest and when import containers will be made available or when the vessel will be allowed to continue its voyage to Melbourne and Brisbane.
Both vessels are owned by a subsidiary of Taiwanese shipping company, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. Yang Ming has refused to pay for the clean-up of the remaining pollution including the containers and their contents which have been located on the seafloor off the coast of Newcastle. 60 containers have been located, 5 have been recovered while a further 16 are still missing.
We will continue to update you once progress on release of the vessel and its cargo is known.