(CANADA) LATEST: A container ship carrying mining chemicals has caught fire off the Pacific coast near British Columbia posing a major environmental threat to the surrounding area #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: Authorities said the container ship Zim Kingston remained anchored at Constance Bank off the coast of British Columbia and an emergency zone has been established within hundreds of meters from the vessel.

#AceDailyNews says according to PressTV Report: Authorities said on Saturday that the ship had been bound for Vancouver when it caught fire and the ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement on its website: It is still unclear what caused the blaze.

Sunday, 24 October 2021 10:33 AM [ Last Update: Sunday, 24 October 2021 10:33 AM ]

Smoke billows from a fire on the container ship ZIM Kingston in the waters off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, October 23, 2021© TWITTER/ @CHAMP_VIC / REUTERS
Fire erupts aboard cargo ship off Canadian coast after HAZMAT containers catch fire, sending toxic fumes into the air

RT World News A blaze that erupted on the Malta-flagged MV Zim Kingston ship on Saturday morning has been “stabilized,” the Canadian Coast Guard announced. Containers carrying hazardous material had caught fire, sending toxic gas into the air.

The coast guard made the statement on its official Twitter account at 3pm local time, posting footage of water being sprayed onto the vessel, which had been anchored in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, near the British Columbia city of Victoria.

The fire on the #ZimKingston has been stabilized. Depending on weather tomorrow, hazardous materials firefighters will board the ship to fight any remaining fires and ensure the fire is out. pic.twitter.com/IKIhY5Ayrm— Canadian Coast Guard (@CoastGuardCAN) October 24, 2021

The fire having been stabilized, officials will seek to board the ship on Monday, depending on weather conditions, to ensure the blaze has been completely extinguished and all hazardous materials have been secured.

After the fire began late on Saturday, officials asked other ships to remain at least two nautical miles away from the vessel, imposing an emergency zone over concerns about the blaze “expelling toxic gas.”

“Smoke coming from the vessel is being tracked from air-quality monitoring stations around the Greater Victoria area, and local health authorities are being provided with those results,” the coast guard said, adding that nearby residents were not in danger, and nor was there a threat to local ports.

To ensure the safety of the crew, 16 people were evacuated while the blaze was being tackled, with five remaining on board to keep the ship secure. It is thought the hazardous material caught fire after “excessive listing due to extreme weather.”

With strong winds expected in the area, emergency towing vessels, tugs and the coastguard will remain on site to monitor the situation overnight.

Local media reported that two containers loaded with chemicals weighing in total more than 52,000 kilograms were on fire: The Canadian Coast Guard said ten containers were currently burning, adding that the fire continued to spread but the ship itself was not on fire: The agency said it was working with its US counterpart to track 40 containers that had fallen overboard, saying they posed a significant risk to mariners: Ten to sixteen crew members from the ship were evacuated while five others had remained behind to fight the flames.

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“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,” said David Boudinot, president of Surfrider Foundation Canada, an environmental organization.

Eikon Refinitiv data shows the Maltese-flagged Zim Kingston is managed by Cyprus-based Danaos Shipping Co Ltd.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Oct.26: 2021:

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