© Reuters. Fire streams 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 through binoculars, in this image obtained via social media. Rider Foundation
(Reuters) – The Canadian Coast Guard said it is monitoring a fire on a container ship off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, and is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to assess the situation.
“The Canadian Coast Guard received a report at approximately 11 am this morning from the MV Zim Kingston of a fire in the damaged containers on board,” it said in a statement late Saturday.
According to https://for CBC News, 10 crew members were evacuated, while 11 people remained on board. She added that a total of six containers caught fire.
The report added that the ship is said to be carrying more than 52,000 kilograms of xanthate – chemicals used in the mining industry – which include potassium amyl xantate. Potassium amylexanthate is an irritant and hazardous to the environment.
Video obtained by Reuters showed a fire pouring from the deck into the water.
The Canadian Coast Guard said a joint agency response to provide assistance is being coordinated, adding that an assessment is being conducted to determine contamination risks from containers.
Bulk carrier M/V Zim Kingston reported Friday that it experienced severe weather west of the Juan de Fuca Strait. The US Coast Guard said in a tweet that about 40 containers from the ship had fallen into the sea.
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