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APL England Voy. 093S Loses Containers Overboard During Heavy Seas

40 shipping containers have been lost overboard off the NSW coast after the APL England Voy. 093S rolled during heavy seas while travelling from China to Australia.

On Sunday morning, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was notified that the vessel had lost cargo overboard off the Hunter coast.

The Singapore-flagged vessel experienced a temporary loss of propulsion during heavy seas about 73km southeast of Sydney just after 6.10am, AMSA said in a statement on Sunday.

The AMSA statement said, "The ship's power was restored within a few minutes but during this time the ship reported that it was rolling heavily, causing container stacks to collapse and several containers to fall overboard,".

The vessel has reported some 40 containers were lost overboard and 74 were damaged.

It's also been reported that 6 containers are protruding from the ship's starboard side while 3 are protruding from the port side.

The ship was on its way to Melbourne from Shanghai.  It has been re-routed to Brisbane for assessment and is due to arrive there today.

Once we know the details of the containers that have been lost and/or damaged we will be in contact with our customers that may be affected.  We will also update you once we are aware of any onforwarding schedule that could be delayed by any repairs that need to be undertaken.