Fire blazes cargo ship containers off British Columbia

A hearth broke out on Saturday on containers on a cargo ship carrying mining chemical compounds off British Columbia, and the Canadian Coast Guard mentioned it’s working with the US Coast Guard to evaluate the state of affairs, together with environmental hazards.

Sixteen crew members have been evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston, whereas 5 remained on board to combat the fireplace, the Canadian Coast Guard mentioned in a press release late on Saturday.

Ten containers have been at the moment burning, it mentioned, including the fireplace continued to unfold however the ship itself was not on fireplace.

The company mentioned it was working with its U.S. counterpart to trace 40 containers that had fallen overboard, saying they pose a big threat to mariners.

“Mariners are advised to stay clear of the area. Currently, there is no safety risk to people onshore, however, the situation will continue to be monitored.”

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Video obtained by Reuters confirmed fireplace cascading down from the deck of the ship into the water.

The Zim Kingston reported on Friday that it had encountered tough climate west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

“This is extremely concerning. The ship and containers are very close to Victoria, BC, and a big storm is forecast to hit tonight. We… are worried this may be yet another environmental disaster,” mentioned David Boudinot, president of Surfrider Foundation Canada, an environmental group.

Eikon Refinitiv information reveals the Maltese-flagged Zim Kingston is managed by Cyprus-based Danaos Shipping Co Ltd.

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