A ship leaving Sydney has lost 83 containers overboard. The containers tumbled off a Taiwanese-owned ship in a heavy swell in the Tasman Sea on Thursday.
Maritime authorities in Australia have issued an alert to ships in the area.
Sanitary products, surgical masks and nappies have begun washing up on beaches north of Sydney.
There are concerns the items could prove dangerous to whales and other animals if they swallow them.
The vessel was coming from Taiwan to Port Botany when it encountered the five-metre swell.