Tug battles container fire on freight ship off British Columbia By Reuters

© Reuters. Fire waterfalls down from the deck of the container ship ZIM Kingston into the waters off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, October 23, 2021, as translucented a set of field glasses, in this image gotten by means of social networks. SURFRIDER STRUCTURE


By Kevin Light

Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Reuters) -A pull boat invested the night combating a container fire that broke out on Saturday on a freight ship bring mining chemicals off British Columbia, the Canadian Coast Guard stated on Sunday, including that it would continue to keep an eye on the scenario.

Sixteen team members were left from the MV Zim Kingston on Saturday, while 5 stayed onboard to combat the fire.

“Overnight the tug Seaspan Raven (NASDAQ:) has cooled the hull of the M/V #ZimKingston by spraying the hull with cold water,” the coast guard stated on Twitter (NYSE:). “Due to the nature of chemicals onboard the container ship, applying water directly to the fire is not an option.”

Images caught by Reuters on Sunday revealed 2 yank boats spraying water towards the ship.

The coast guard alerted that there was an emergency situation zone around the ship, talking vessels to remain at least 2 nautical miles away, and the Transport Ministry limited all airplane, consisting of drones, from flying within 2 nautical miles or listed below 2,000 feet over the ship.

Earlier on Sunday Danaos (NYSE:) Shipping Co, the business that handles the container ship, stated in a declaration that no injuries had actually been reported.

The fire “appears to have been contained,” and a salvage and fire snuffing out company was generated to make sure the safe return of the vessel’s team, Danaos stated.

The accident comes as more bad weather condition is anticipated to strike the location on Sunday and in the middle of an international shipping traffic congestion that has actually held up shipments all over the world.

On Saturday, Canada’s coast guard stated the ship itself was not on fire and just 10 containers were burning.

Canada’s coast guard stated it has actually been dealing with its U.S. equivalent to track 40 containers that had actually formerly fallen overboard when Zim Kingston came across bad weather condition, stating they postured a considerable danger to mariners.

The business did not instantly react when asked if the lost containers were connected to the fire.

“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,” the coast guard stated on Saturday, when video gotten by Reuters revealed fire cascading from the deck of the ship into the water.

“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.

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