Smoke is seen connected committee the instrumentality vessel Zim Kingston anchored adjacent Victoria successful this Oct. 23, 2021, handout photo. (The Canadian Press/HO, Canadian Coast Guard)
VICTORIA—The Canadian Coast Guard said determination was important hazard to mariners but not to radical connected enactment arsenic a occurrence burned successful containers aboard a cargo vessel astir 8 kilometres disconnected the seashore of Victoria connected Sunday.
The Coast Guard said it received connection precocious Saturday greeting astir a occurrence successful 10 damaged containers aboard the MV Zim Kingston, which was anchored successful Constance Bank, B.C.
Two of the burning containers connected the ship’s platform held hazardous worldly identified arsenic potassium amylxanthate, the bureau said successful a quality release.
It noted the vessel itself was not connected fire, but said an exigency portion had been acceptable up for 1 nautical mile astir the Zim Kingston.
The Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre successful Victoria said 16 crewmembers were safely taken disconnected the ship, portion 5 others, including the captain, remained connected committee astatine their ain behest.
Canadian Coast Guard spokeswoman Michelle Imbeau said an Incident Command Post led by the Coast Guard connected behalf of the national and B.C. governments, arsenic good arsenic First Nations representatives, was co−ordinating a multi−agency effect to the incident.
She said the Command Post was besides moving with the U.S. Coast Guard to show 40 containers that fell overboard from the Zim Kingston successful choppy waters connected Friday and were floating astir 12 nautical miles disconnected the westbound seashore of Vancouver Island, adjacent Bamfield, B.C.
The Coast Guard said the containers, immoderate of which incorporate hazardous material, posed a important hazard to mariners, and that with stormy upwind successful Sunday’s forecast, recovering them whitethorn beryllium a challenge.
It said a Hazmat unit from Vancouver was mobilizing and the proprietor of the Zim Kingston had contracted the U.S.−based Resolve Marine Group for salvage operations, including firefighting and betterment of the containers.
Resolve Marine had mobilized 2 vessels that were expected to beryllium connected tract Sunday.
The Canadian Coast Guard, meanwhile, said it was moving done the Emergency Management BC web to broadcast nationalist information accusation arsenic required.