Fire breaks out at freight carrier that lost dozens of sea containers off the coast of British Columbia – .

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Fire breaks out at freight carrier that lost dozens of sea containers off the coast of British Columbia – .


A fire broke out on a freighter anchored near Victoria on Saturday, two days after the ship lost around 35 to 40 shipping containers in rough seas west of Vancouver Island.

The Canadian Coast Guard said the fire aboard the MV Zim Kingston was reported around 11 a.m. and was linked to two damaged containers carrying hazardous materials.


Smoke rises from MV Zim Kingston on Saturday.


Robert Lewis Manning

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Two other containers containing hazardous materials were among those lost at sea. The exact contents of the containers were not yet clear.

Zim Kingston is currently anchored at Constance Bank, a few kilometers south of the capital.

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Coast Guard Victoria Station lifeboat Cape Calvert was deployed to assess the situation and as a safety vessel, and a spokesperson said a CFB Esquimalt military fireboat was responding also.

Global News has contacted Zim Integrated Shipping Services for further details on what is being done to contain the fire and any potential environmental hazards.

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The MV Kingston was in British Columbia at the end of a trip from South Korea.

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday it had spotted a number of lost containers floating at sea, some on the surface floating north.

US and Canadian sailors are urged to exercise caution at sea and watch containers as a possible danger.

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