Many of the containers that fell off the APL England on Sunday were empty and 11 have been spotted floating off the coast between Wollongong and the Central Coast.
NSW Maritime acting executive director Alex Barrell said one has been seen floating off Wollongong, five 40-foot shipping containers floating together washed ashore at Birdie Beach near Norah Head and five more locked together have been sighted from the air near Terrigal.
NSW Maritime is the lead agency responsible for managing the shoreline clean up which presently involves around 60 people and has appointed Varley and Avcon Projects to lead the collection.
"This is a big job but we have good experience in responding to these kinds of incidents," Mr Barrell said.
He encouraged boat operators to keep a lookout for for any floating or semi-submerged containers.
And said flexible ducting, medical face masks and yellow foam has washed up on beaches as far south as Wollongong and as far north as Catherine Hill Bay.
According to the ships records 21 of the containers lost at sea are empty,
The cargo manifest indicates there are no dangerous or hazardous goods among the container contents, which include bar stools, food dehydrators, medical face masks, shields and goggles, furniture, range hoods, gazebos and cat furniture.
Any who sees any suspected debris or shipping containers on NSW beaches ir encouraged to contact the NSW Maritime info line 13 12 36 or report via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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