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APL England shipmaster faces court over container spill which saw cargo containers, debris wash up on beaches
Jun 1, 2020

The master of a container ship that lost about 50 containers overboard has faced a Queensland court over allegations of poor cargo loading.

Mohamad Zulkhaili Bin Alias's matter was briefly mentioned in Wynnum Magistrates Court on Monday.
Mr Alias, 43, is charged with two offences relating to the discharge of garbage into the sea and failing to ensure a vessel is operated so as not to cause pollution or damage to the Australian marine environment.

The Singapore-flagged ship was en route to Melbourne from China when rough seas caused some 50 shipping containers to topple overboard off the coast of Sydney on Sunday, May 24.
The charges were laid by the Australian Marine Safety Authority last week.
It was a decision not taken lightly, AMSA operations general manager Allan Schwartz said at the time.
"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," he said in a statement.