© Reuters. Fire cascades 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 seen via a pair of binoculars, on this picture obtained through social media. SURFRIDER FOUNDATION
By Kevin Light
Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Reuters) -A tug boat spent the evening combating a container fire that broke out on Saturday on a cargo ship carrying mining chemical substances off British Columbia, the Canadian Coast Guard mentioned on Sunday, including that it might proceed to watch the scenario.
Sixteen crew members have been evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston on Saturday, whereas 5 remained onboard to battle 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 mentioned on Twitter (NYSE:). “Due to the nature of chemicals onboard the container ship, applying water directly to the fire is not an option.”
Images captured by Reuters on Sunday confirmed two tug boats spraying water towards the ship.
The coast guard warned that there was an emergency zone across the ship, telling all vessels to remain at the least two nautical miles away, and the Transport Ministry restricted all plane, together with drones, from flying inside two nautical miles or under 2,000 ft over the ship.
Earlier on Sunday Danaos (NYSE:) Shipping Co, the corporate that manages the container ship, mentioned in an announcement that no accidents had been reported.
The fire “appears to have been contained,” and a salvage and fire extinguishing company was introduced in to make sure the secure return of the vessel’s crew, Danaos mentioned.
The mishap comes as extra unhealthy climate is anticipated to hit the realm on Sunday and amid a world transport site visitors jam that has held up deliveries everywhere in the world.
On Saturday, Canada’s coast guard mentioned the ship itself was not on fire and solely 10 containers have been burning.
Canada’s coast guard mentioned it has been working with its U.S. counterpart to trace 40 containers that had beforehand fallen overboard when Zim Kingston encountered unhealthy climate, saying they posed a big threat to mariners.
The firm didn’t instantly reply when requested if the misplaced containers have been linked 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 mentioned on Saturday, when video obtained by Reuters confirmed fire cascading down 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,” mentioned David Boudinot, president of Surfrider Foundation Canada, an environmental group.
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