Fire Breaks out on Container Ship Off West Coast, Expelling Toxic Materials: Officials

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A occurrence broke retired connected Saturday connected containers connected a cargo vessel carrying chemicals disconnected British Columbia, according to officials with the Canadian Coast Guard, which said that it is moving with the U.S. Coast Guard to woody with the incident.

Sixteen unit members person been evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston, portion 5 remained onboard to conflict the fire, the Canadian Coast Guard said successful a connection connected Saturday. At 1 point, seashore defender officials said that arsenic galore arsenic 10 containers connected the ship—carrying mining chemicals—were connected fire.

“The vessel is connected occurrence and expelling toxic gas. Two fallen containers are floating successful the vicinity of the vessel,” the Canadian Coast Guard said. The vessel is presently located successful the Strait of Juan De Fuca that separates Canada’s Vancouver Island and Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula.

Meanwhile, an “emergency zone” was acceptable up for 1 nautical mile astir the vessel amid firefighting efforts, the Coast Guard told Canada’s GlobalNews.

#BreakingNews Coast Guard crews are monitoring respective adrift shipping containers 43 miles westbound of the Straits of Juan de Fuca entrance. An inbound vas mislaid approx. 40 containers erstwhile the vessel listed to its broadside owed to unsmooth seas. Check backmost for updates. pic.twitter.com/GInKf8M0sB

— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) October 22, 2021

“Any occurrence onboard a vessel is simply a is a superior lawsuit and volition garner a batch of attraction and a batch of resources precise quickly,” said Chamber of Shipping President Robert Lewis-Manning.

“Their archetypal enactment is to fig retired what is happening connected the vessel. It’s a large vessel. It’s 260 metres agelong oregon thereabouts, and it’s got thousands of containers connected board, truthful trying to isolate wherever the occupation is,” helium said, adding that it is usually the crew’s work to woody with fires connected committee instrumentality ships.

“No injuries were reported,” Danaos Shipping Co, the institution that manages the instrumentality ship, said successful a connection to Reuters connected Sunday earlier adding that the occurrence “appears to person been contained.”

#UPDATE: Imagery captured of located containers from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles helicopter. pic.twitter.com/jOr1bbdnW3

— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) October 23, 2021

But the vessel occurrence could airs much important problems successful the adjacent future.

“This is highly concerning. The vessel and containers are precise adjacent to Victoria, BC, and a large tempest is forecast to deed tonight. We… are disquieted this whitethorn beryllium yet different biology disaster,” said David Boudinot, president of Surfrider Foundation Canada, an biology organization.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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