Typhoon Vicente hit Hong Kong on the evening of 23 July 2012 and was categorized as a Tropical Cyclone Signal 10 (Hurricane force winds). The typhoon made landfall on 24 July 2012. It was the worst typhoon to hit Hong Kong since 1999.
During the course of the typhoon, a container ship in waters to the east of Hong Kong lost 7 x 40 foot containers. Six of these containers were each loaded with 1000 x 25 kilogram bags of plastic Nurdles. Four of these containers have since been located in Hong Kong waters. One was intact, one was half empty and two were almost completely empty.
Intact bags and loose Nurdles from some of these containers started washing up on Hong Kong beaches soon afterwards. The following photographs show loose Nurdles on Sam Pak Wan beach, Lantau and in the sea at Nim Shue Wan, Lantau. The first photograph also shows some of the recovered bags.
Nurdles on Sam Pak Wan beach, 25 July 2012
Nurdles on Sam Pak Wan beach, 30 July 2012
Nurdles in the sea at Nim Shue Wan, 29 July 2012
Nurdles in the sea at Nim Shue Wan, 30 July 2012