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harges have been laid against the master of the

APL Eng­land, a con­tain­er­ship which lost about 50 con­tain­ers over­board off Syd­ney on May 24, the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Author­ity (AMSA) said on Mon­day. As in­formed, the of­fences re­late to pol­lu­tion and da­m­age of the Aus­tralian marine en­vi­ron­ment as a re­sult of poor cargo load­ing.

AMSA gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions Al­lan Schwartz said lay­ing charges against the ship’s master was not un­der­taken lightly.

“This and other in­ci­dents re­mind us of the im­por­tant role the ship’s master has in en­sur­ing the ships that ply our wa­ters are op­er­ated safely and do not da­m­age our marine en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Schwartz said.

“To­day’s ac­tions should not de­tract from the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the ship owner APL Singapore, in­surer Steamship Mu­tual, and op­er­a­tor ANL who re­main ac­count­able for re­me­di­a­tion of any im­pacts of this in­ci­dent,” he added.

“We wel­come ANL tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity by en­gag­ing con­trac­tors to un­der­take shore­line clean-up and re­trieve some of the float­ing con­tain­ers… but the im­pacts of this in­ci­dent could take months, if not years to re­me­di­ate and we ex­pect these ef­forts to be sus­tained for how­ever long it takes.”

Schwartz said the ship re­mained un­der de­ten­tion in the Port of Bris­bane and would not be re­leased un­til its se­ri­ous de­fi­cien­cies have been rec­ti­fied.

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