Two utes valued at $300k among treasures lost in container spill


A similar story about containers lost off Newcastle NSW:

MSC Zoe loses 270 containers in North Sea

Two utes…?


Goddamnit man…you beat me by mere seconds!


In this case two Chevrolet Silverado’s now resting on the sea bottom.

An ute, originally an abbreviation for “utility” or “coupé utility”, is a term used in Australia and New Zealand to describe vehicles with a tray behind the passenger compartment, that can be driven with a regular driver’s license.


I know US truck prices are bloated in the states but are these trucks seriously going for 6 figures in Europe? I’ve got a beautiful 1/2 ton that needs to get into a container if that is the case.


A Chevrolet Silverado 6.2 ltr costs here € 77.000 that is about $87.000 including 21% VAT. Our gas prices are by far the highest in Europe, € 1.69 per liter, that is $1.91 per liter mainly due to the 70% taxing. We also pay hundreds of euros road tax per year. Official government highway robbery.


Intentionally depriving people of affordable cars and driving is one of the big things that is wrong with Europe. But that does not stop Europe from flooding the US with subsidized cars and auto parts.


A$ 300K = US$ 213K.
If you divide that on two “Utes” it may still be a lot more than what they cost in US, but at least a bit closer to European prices.


Of course they’re expensive if you have to dredge them up off the sea bottom. :wink:


They must be used trucks. The only place you see prices that ridiculous is on craigslist.


A $60,000 pickup truck plus VAT and anti-American duties and freight could easily top $100,000.


Better be a top trim/diesel for 60k.

Maybe it’s time to start my career smuggling used trucks across the Atlantic.


I am still driving my 1995 Ford Thunderbird LX V8 4.6 Ltr 220 HP. It was my lease car which I could buy when I retired. During all those years only one small repair: replacement of a spark plug cable. And of course some new tires. Built like tank.

The problem with the Thunderbird in this country is that the parking spaces are too small to fit modern cars and much too small for US built cars. Cars have grown significantly since standards were set decades ago but parking spaces not, on the contrary. The Thunderbird has a width of 1.88 m while that of the Silverado is 2.03 m. On top of that parking spaces in parking garages are even smaller then on the streets. When parked only a pretty slim person can squeeze out of the car. But then the Silverado was not exactly built as an urban car…


@Dutchie, I had the same car. It was purchased new in 1995 and was one of the cars I’ll always remember. Not only was it fun to drive but it got pretty good MPG. It had many trips back and forth from Maryland to Florida.


There is a company in Melbourne who specialises in converting left hand drive US pickups to right hand drive for use in Australia and New Zealand and I have even seen one in Indonesia.
I would quite like an F150 to tow my 3.2 tonne trailer but the cost is not worth it so I will continue with the Ford Ranger. I think most in the US would regard as a compact.


I only just got around to reading the article. I quote directly from it:

“The most serious environmental concern for AMSA is the large amount of plastics contained in the lost containers in the form of consumer products and packaging,” an AMSA spokesperson said.

“Sodium Polyacrylate is a functional polymer, a type of plastic.

“It is not a dangerous or hazardous good and is commonly used as an absorbent in products such as nappies and pet pads.”

The product can absorb and lock away huge amounts of water hundreds of times its mass…"

Just imagine the implications. It is amazing the ocean hasn’t dried up already.


Lost containers that sink in deep water generally do not pose enough of an environmental hazard to require any further action.

Containers may be a hazard to fishing nets, but also fish habitats. Fisherman often fish around wrecks on soft bottom because that’s where the fish are.

Stuff that washes up on the beach in an accessible area needs to be picked up. But in the middle of nowhere, it’s not worth the effort.

The beaches in many parts of the world have lots of plastics that were carelessly discarded by people nearby, or far away.