40 shipping containers fell into the ocean after the ship struck rough waters off the coast of British Columbia – .

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40 shipping containers fell into the ocean after the ship struck rough waters off the coast of British Columbia – .


Forty containers fell overboard after a ship struck the high seas off Vancouver Island on Thursday.

The MV Zim Kingston banked 35 degrees in heavy swells west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca off Cape Flattery, the U.S. Coast Guard said in an online statement.

The ship was then on its way to Vancouver from South Korea.


The MV Zim Kingston can be seen here in the distance off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia. 40 containers are missing after they fell overboard in bad weather on Thursday.


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The Coast Guard said it was monitoring the containers and warning boaters that these containers could be submerged and not visible.

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“(There are) no reports of injuries and also no reports of hazardous substances or materials in containers that have gone to sea,” US Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Clark told Global News.

He added that a helicopter flew over the area last night and spotted eight containers in the water. A locator beacon was then dropped from the helicopter.

“The ship has gone to anchor at Constance Bank in Victoria and they are doing an inventory right now,” Joe Spears, general manager of the Horseshoe Bay Marine Group, told Global News.









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He said it is not known whether the containers will make it to the coast.

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“Other ships could run into it, small ships, it could run aground on the shore, depending on whether there are chemicals on board, there could be a chemical reaction, any number of things could happen” , added Spears.

“Everything is unknown at the moment.

Spears suggested the best course of action would be for U.S. and Canadian officials to work together and consult with fishermen and First Nations in the area to indicate where the current might take these containers.

British Columbia’s global meteorologist Kristi Gordon said the bad weather was due to the bomb cyclone that hit the British Columbia coast on Thursday.

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