Fire blazes on freight ship containers off British Columbia

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Fire blazes on cargo ship containers off British Columbia

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A fire broke out on Saturday on containers on a freight ship bring mining chemicals off British Columbia, and the Canadian Coast Guard stated it is dealing with the U.S. Coast Guard to examine the circumstance, consisting of ecological risks.

Sixteen team members have actually been left from the MV Zim Kingston, while 5 stayed onboard to eliminate the fire, the Canadian Coast Guard stated in a declaration late on Saturday.

Ten containers were presently burning, it stated, including the fire continued to spread out however the ship itself was not on fire.

The company stated it was dealing with its U.S. equivalent to track 40 containers that had actually fallen overboard, stating they posture a substantial threat to mariners.

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

Video acquired by Reuters revealed fire cascading from the deck of the ship into the water.

The Zim Kingston reported on Friday that it had actually experienced rough weather condition 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,” stated David Boudinot, president of Surfrider Foundation Canada, an ecological company.

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

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