TAIWAN's Yang Ming Marine Transport's
4,250 TEU containership YM Eternity has been detained at Port Botany in
Australia at the request of Australian Maritime Safety Authority
The boxship, YM Eternity, was arrested
after AMSA claimed that Yang Ming had refused to pay up to AUD$20
million (US$13.4 million) of clean-up costs after its sister
containership YM Efficiency lost 81 containers in extreme rough weather
conditions off the Hunter Coast in 2018, causing debris to wash up on
beaches throughout the region.
CEO of AMSA, Mick Kinley, said the arrest of YM Eternity shows that AMSA
will not allow international shipping companies to pollute Australian
waters without consequence.
Currently 60 containers have been identified, five containers have been recovered while a further 16 are still missing.
AMSA signed a AUD15 million contract with Ardent in December 2019 to
carry out clean-up operations for the 60 containers. Work will start in
March and is expected to be completed within a month, reports
Singapore's Splash 247.