Court hearings underway in APL England box spill case

Legal proceedings are underway in Australia over a 2020 box spill incident involving the 5,780 teu APL England. The master of the Singapore-flagged ship appeared via video link in a Brisbane court today for a committal hearing.

Mohd Zulkhaili Bin Alias, 44, appeared from Malaysia where he is out on bail.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority charged Alias with disposing of garbage into the sea in the exclusive economic zone, and failing to ensure a vessel is operated so as not to cause pollution or environmental damage. A judge dismissed the first charge while the second one was allowed to proceed. A date for the official trial has yet to be set.

The APL England was travelling to Melbourne from China when an estimated 50 containers toppled overboard off the coast of Sydney on on May 24, 2020 when the ship hit rough seas.

A diagram taken from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation into the APL England cargo loss.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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