Please select your home edition
Allen 2018 US A4866XB 728x90

Next steps considered in NSW clean-up effort

by Penny Robins 12 Jun 2018 01:57 PDT
Debris from Liberian ship YM Efficiency washed up north of Newcastle. The ship lost part of its cargo during stormy weather last week. © ABC News: Nancy

As the clean-up of the NSW Mid North Coast moved into day 12, Roads and Maritime Services is continuing to liaise with other NSW and Australian Government agencies and other stakeholders to determine the next steps.

Roads and Maritime Executive Director Maritime Angus Mitchell said the clean-up effort was continuing between Coffs Harbour and North Stockton, with a shoreline response and divers removing debris from the water.

"Weather and sea conditions continue to not be entirely on our side. However, the beaches and bays are mostly clear of debris. The difficult part now is to retrieve debris from rocky outcrops and shoreline which is only accessible by boat," Mr. Mitchell said.

"We are working closely with the contactors and are satisfied with the progress in collecting debris, considering the weather conditions, geographical spread of the affected areas and restricted access to some of the sites.

"Almost a third of an Olympic swimming pool of debris has been removed from the water and shoreline.

"Two of the 83 containers which were lost from YM Efficiency have now been recovered, the last on Saturday in the water not far from the southern side of Fingal Island.

"We are engaging with other stakeholders such as NSW Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environment and Heritage and local councils regarding the de-escalation and possible re-escalation protocols in place in the event more debris washes up and its potential salvage.

Mr. Mitchell said Roads and Maritime continued to work in close consultation with the multi-agency effort of stakeholders across local, state and federal jurisdictions. Roads and Maritime is leading the effort under the NSW State Waters Marine Oil and Chemical Spill Contingency Plan, prepared in support of the NSW State Emergency Plan (EMPLAN) and the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies (National Plan).

Roads and Maritime officers and those from other emergency response, environment and wildlife agencies participate in regular pollution training exercises which are simulated responses including, coincidentally, one in December last year, which was held at Port Stephens.

Community members are invited to attend public information sessions tomorrow and Thursday at Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens, to engage with representatives from key agencies involved in the clean-up.

Public information sessions

  • Wednesday 13 June at 6pm – Wests Nelson Bay, Remembrance Room
  • Thursday 14 June at 10am – Tea Gardens Baptist Church, Myall Street
Community members are also encouraged to continue reporting debris on 13 12 36, selecting option 2.For further information visit

Related Articles

Sail GP - Sydney - Day 2 highlights
SailGP Day 2 wrap Crosbie Lorimer joined the spectators on Shark Island for Day 2 of SailGP to capture the action from that scenic perspective. Posted on 17 Feb
Whaddya reckon?
So what if you made the running surface hard? Really, really, really hard, actually So what if you made the running surface hard? Really, really, really hard, actually. But still made from water, however? Well that would make it ice then. Posted on 17 Feb
J/22 U.S. Youth Match Racing announcement
Come one, come all! All youth sailors between 16 and 20 years old are invited to apply The Championship features world-class coaching and race management and serves as an outstanding training ground for young sailors who are passionate about match racing and focused on competing at the next level. Posted on 17 Feb
NSW Etchells - Hard not to be impressed
This was not as a result the final day's racing. Even though, and as usual for the Etchells... This was not as a result the final day's racing. Even though, and as usual for the Etchells, it was actually a sailing master class. No, today was memorable for the way the youth sailors turned it on. Posted on 17 Feb
RC44 circuit will kick off in Porto Montenegro
This prestigious tour of one-design boats brings together sailing and business This prestigious tour of one-design boats, taking place during the second week of April, brings together sailing and business, allowing amateur helmsmen to compete with the world's top sailors in some of the world's most beautiful locations. Posted on 17 Feb
Sail GP - Sydney Highlights
Nathan Outteridge and Team Japan had been touted to top the podium. By the end of Day 1 Team Japan had shown every reason why they were favourites, looking much the most controlled in their manoeuvres and heading the race leaderboard by one point from a late-charging Team Australia. Posted on 17 Feb
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg day 2
Most classes sailed four races today in stronger winds Racing got started on time this morning in beautiful conditions for the second day of racing in the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta St. Petersburg, held out of the St. Petersburg YC. Posted on 17 Feb
18ft Skiff Australian Championship overall
A wonderful final day of action-packed racing on Sydney Harbour The Asko Appliances team of James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite and Trent Barnabas became the 2018-2019 Australian 18ft Skiff champions after a wonderful day of action-packed racing on Sydney Harbour today. Posted on 17 Feb
Big Symonite OK Worlds fleet in NZ bodes well
The renaissance in the OK Dinghy looks to be assured after the Symonite OK Worlds in Auckland Three times Olympian, and now a top sailing coach, Dan Slater stepped into the OK Dinghy for the 2019 Symonite World Championships, and never dropped out of the top two places overall during the five-day regatta. Posted on 17 Feb
12,000 miles lined up in 2019 celebrating 15 years
Class 40 Association celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019 Founded in 2004, the Class40 Association celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019; on the agenda to celebrate this anniversary, more than 12,000 miles of races. Posted on 16 Feb
SOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS728-X-90 BottomMelges 14 2018 FooterSCRW2019 Footer