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Retailers Face Appliance & CE Shortages After Containers Lost At Sea

Appliance and CE retailers desperate for stock could have a new problem this morning after a container ship bound for Melbourne lost 40 containers from China carrying appliances CE goods and face masks.

At this stage it is not known which distributors are facing losses as goods from the container ship APL England are already being washed up along the NSW Coast.

ChannelNews understands that some of the goods were bound for Bunnings and Big W stores and that some of the appliances lost included both branded and house branded appliances according to the shipping manifest.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority general manager of operations Allan Schwartz said that several containers carried appliances while other products lost include air conditioning and building materials.

ChannelNews was told that two of the containers contained TV’s but this has not been confirmed.

This is not the first time that the APL England that was filmed with containers hanging off the side has lost containers with TV’s appliances and CE goods on board. Four years ago, it faced a similar situation in high seas.

The ship lost the cargo on Sunday while En route from China to Melbourne, with the incident forcing the ship to turn around and head to Brisbane.

Schwartz said reports had been received of face masks washed up between Magenta Beach and The Entrance.

NSW Maritime executive director Alex Barrell said boxes of flexible ducting, commonly used in heating and cooling systems, had washed ashore at Bondi and Long Bay Beach on Tuesday.

NSW Maritime is advising coastal councils between Sydney and Gosford on dealing with the containers and their contents as modelling of sea currents suggests these areas could be affected.

AMSA officers boarded the ship on Tuesday to check its structural and operational condition following the collapse of the container stacks.

Television news footage showed several containers hanging precariously over the edge of the ship.

Authorities expect to know the outcome of the inspection and have confirmation of the next steps later today.

74 other containers have been damaged, leaving nine containers protruding from the ship’s starboard and port sides.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was also notified and will investigate.