British Columbia: Fire blazes cargo ship containers
Sixteen crew members have been evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston, whereas 5 remained onboard to struggle the hearth, the Canadian Coast Guard mentioned in a press release late on Saturday.
Ten containers have been at present burning, it mentioned, including the hearth continued to unfold however the ship itself was not on hearth.
The company mentioned it was working with its U.S. counterpart to trace 40 containers that had fallen overboard, saying they pose a major threat to mariners.
“Mariners are suggested to remain away from the world. At present there is no such thing as a security threat to folks on shore, nonetheless the state of affairs will proceed to be monitored.”
Video obtained by Reuters confirmed hearth 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.
“That is extraordinarily regarding. The ship and containers are very near Victoria, BC, and a giant storm is forecast to hit tonight. We… are anxious this can be one more environmental catastrophe,” mentioned David Boudinot, president of Surfrider Basis Canada, an environmental group.
Eikon Refinitiv information reveals the Maltese-flagged Zim Kingston is managed by Cyprus-based Danaos Delivery Co Ltd.