Ship Navios Unite loses three containers off Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia.

The Liberian-flagged container ship, Navios Unite, reported losing three containers overboard in rough weather about 33km south west of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia at 8pm AWST Thursday, 25 June 2020.

AMSA Challenger aircraft infrared image of Navios Unite shortly after its loss of 3 containers.

The ship was on journey from Fremantle to Adelaide in South Australia. Fleetmon reported the ship didn’t stop or slow down, and that three containers “were later spotted drifting near the ship’s track.”

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) sent a Challenger jet from Perth to search an area of about 1600 square km for any sightings of the missing containers.

No containers were sighted.

AMSA is gathering information about the incident and will determine its course of action once the circumstances are understood.

Navios Unite was built in 2006, is 336 metres long, with a deadweight of 101000 tons.

Navios Unite in the South Australian gulf in 2015. Image by Daland.