Rig picking up scrap from ship

YM Efficiency Cargo Carrier Shipping Container Recovery

Newcastle, NSW
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
2 months
Completed 2022


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) commissioned Liberty Industrial to recover and salvage 63 shipping containers that were lost overboard from the YM Efficiency cargo ship off the coast of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Robust Solutions/Exceptional Outcomes

Robust solutions

  • Liberty Industrial worked closely with project partners Ardent Oceania and Avcon Projects Australasia to provide critical sorting, demolition and consolidation of containers that were not fit for transport or landing at the port on board the MV Pride IMR Vessel.
  • Liberty Industrial’s 36t excavator was lifted onto the deck of the vessel by a port crane and retrofitted with rubber tracks to ensure manoeuvrability and minimal damage to the salvage vessel.
  • Critical lifts were carried out using a hydraulic crane, rigging, remote underwater vehicles and a specially manufactured steel basket.

Exceptional outcomes

Debris recovered from the ocean during the salvage operation was transported to a specially constructed waste reception facility at the Port of Newcastle where the waste was classified, stored, transported and disposed of according to NSW Environmental Protection Authority waste guidelines.

Value Add


Demolition Simulation and Modelling

With exclusive license to demonstrate using Extreme Loading® for Structures (ELS) software developed by Applied Sciences International (ASI).



Use of best approach demolition and dismantling such as explosive using world class fleet, safety and engineering methodologies in explosives and rigging.


Decontamination and Industrial Cleaning

Designing engineered solutions for decontamination such as removal of asbestos, heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, PFAS and NORMs.


Asset and Resource Recovery

Comprehensive waste and recycling management to contribute to the circular economy to extend the lifecycle of materials.


Managing PFAS in Site Closure Remediation


Bioremediation for Closure


Demolition and recycling phase completed for first major closure project for Rio Tinto at Argyle Diamond Mine, WA.

integrated capability responsible decommissioning

decommissioning closure and asset liability consulting

consulting risk management engineered solutions 3d simulation

and simulation liberty modelling dismantling and asset

dismantling and asset recovery synchronised safety

deconstruction resource recovery and recycling expert delivery

high expert industrial delivery reach consulting

expert delivery high reach explosive induced collapse

collapse specialised contracting decontamination

decontamination cleaning remediation environmental stewards

stewards risk mitigation and management waste disposal

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