It has been reported by the Canadian Coast Guard that it may take up to some more days before the fire can be put out of containers aboard a container ship that has currently been anchored off the coast of Victoria. Paul Barrett, the planning section chief of the coast guard, says that there are at least five burning containers. Those are believed to be containing tires.
Danaos Shipping Co., the owner of MV Zim Kingston, has said in a statement that it is collaborating with Canadian officials. It has also employed a firefighting major to fight the fire.
The company has said that the issues started popping up when two of the containers on board caught fire. At the same time, 40 had fallen into the water as the vessel was approaching Vancouver to anchor for urgent repairs in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
As the containers fell, they have been monitored to be moving northward along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Some containers are off Cape Scott on the island’s northern tip.
J.J. Brickett, federal incident commander of the coast guard, says that the vessel can operate, but the crew is taking measured steps to make sure that the fire has been completely put out.
Canadian officials have reported that at least 10 containers have caught fire. The rescue crew has been battling the flames during the weekend.
Danaos Shipping’s statement suggests that it has permission from the Canadian Coast Guard to permit technical experts along with two marine firefighters on board.
Barrett has reportedly said that there are 20 individuals aboard the vessel. The number includes some crew members and some firefighters.
The coast guard has said that it is supervising the air quality onward Victoria’s waterfront. However, no alarming change was observed.
#CCGLive – A Coast Guard overflight of the #ZimKingston at 11:30 today shows smoldering but no visible flames in the containers. However, firefighters may find some active fire in the containers once they are able to board the ship. pic.twitter.com/PHjfjf6Fg7
— Canadian Coast Guard (@CoastGuardCAN) October 25, 2021
Reference: Canadian Coast Guard / @CoastGuardCAN – Twitter