APL England container loss – Update 6
The Master of the APL England appeared before the Wynnum Magistrates court today to face two charges relating to the loss of containers from the ship,
- Section 26F of the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 – Discharging of garbage into the sea contrary to the Act
- Section 141 of the Navigation Act 2012 – Master did not ensure that the vessel was operated in a manner that did not cause,
- pollution to the marine environment in the coastal sea of Australia or the exclusive economic zone of Australia and,
- damage to the marine environment in the coastal sea of Australia or the exclusive economic zone of Australia
These charges carry maximum penalties in excess of $300,000.
The matter was adjourned to 12 June in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
The APL England remains under detention in the Port of Brisbane and will not be released until its serious deficiencies have been rectified.
The unloading of the damaged containers has started and is expected to take several days to complete.
AMSA’s investigation is ongoing.