The Canadian Coast Guard confirmed a fire broke out on board a container ship sailing under the flag of Malta off the Pacific coast of British Columbia.
The Coast Guard confirmed on its Twitter account today, Sunday, that it had evacuated 16 crew members of the Zim Kingston ship, while five others were still on board.
The fire broke out on board the ship yesterday, which is located about eight kilometers from the coast off the port of Victoria, and has so far consumed at least 10 containers.
The Coast Guard indicated that the fire continues to spread, but the fire has not yet spread from the containers to the ship itself.
According to the Coast Guard data, this ship is transporting more than 52 tons of xanthates, (ie chemicals used in mining), including potassium amylexanthate, which is an irritant and dangerous to the environment.
Canadian authorities declared a kilometer-wide emergency zone around the ship and decided to form a joint response committee to provide support.
The Coast Guard confirmed that work is underway to determine the risks of pollution resulting from containers.
This ship had lost 40 containers on board Friday due to bad weather conditions, 70 km west of the Juan de Fuca Strait, which separates Vancouver Island and the US state of Washington.
The Canadian Coast Guard confirmed that it is following up, in cooperation with the American side, these containers that fell into the sea, as they pose a danger to navigation.
Source: RT + CBC
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