ZIM KINGSTON on fire UPDATES Oct 28 106 containers overboard

Oct 28 UPDATE: Canadian Coast Guard #CCGLive: With the fire under control, the #ZimKingston crew were able to safely access the container bays on the ship. They now believe that 106 containers went overboard, not 40. The number of containers with hazardous goods – two - has NOT changed.

Oct 27 UPDATE: Canadian Coast Guard said on Oct 26 that 6 firefighters and 7 crew members were able to board ZIM KINGSTON at night Oct 26 as fires in containers on the ship continued to smoulder. Firefighters have identified five containers with internal fires. Containers are believed to contain tires and that crews are working to tackle the blazes. Salvage is to last days if not weeks.

Oct 25 0210 UTC UPDATE: According to latest available updates, fire is mainly out, and what’s left, is smoldering. So it may be assumed, that the risk of major, devastation fire, is diverted. Disposition of the ships on site remains the same, ZIM KINGSTON AIS on. Here are latest:
The Canadian Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon said a fire burning on board a cargo ship anchored off the coast of Vancouver Island, near Victoria, B.C., had been largely extinguished.
Dozen of containers, several of which contained hazardous chemicals used in mining, caught fire.
“What they were attempting to do, is let the fire burn down,” said JJ Brickett, the federal incident commander for the Coast Guard. “In other words, (let) the container consume itself with the fuel, while keeping everything around it cool,” Brickett added.
In a statement, the company that manages the ZIM KINGSTON, Danaos Shipping Co., which is based in Greece, said the fire appeared “to have been contained.”
Canadian Coast Guard @CoastGuardCAN 2h (0200 UTC Oct 25
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.

Oct 24 1320 UTC UPDATE: Several crew more were evacuated, now there are only five left, bravely fighting fire. At least 2 offshore tugs and 1 tug are located at ship’s side, plus Canadian CG rescue ship, and 1 more offshore tug approaching ZIM KINGSTON. Ship’s AIS is on. Overall, situation is rather bad, we may watch X-PRESS PEARL scenario unfolding.

Two damaged containers with combustible hazmat on cargo deck of ZIM KINGSTON, anchored at Victoria Anchorage, B.C., Canada, caught fire at around 1100 LT (UTC -7) Oct 23. According to Canadian Coast Guard, containers contain more than 52,080 kilograms of potassium amylxanthate. 10 of 21 crew were later evacuated, 11 remain on board, two CG ships are monitoring situation as of 0130 UTC Oct 24, flames and heavy smoke were visible from the Victoria all through Oct 23. Understood remaining crew may be evacuated, and after that, sea-side firefighting launched, deploying tugs and firefighting boats. Situation is developing.

Oct 23: ZIM KINGSTON lost dozens containers off Vancouver
Container ship ZIM KINGSTON lost some 40 containers overboard some 30 nm off Vancouver island in the afternoon Oct 22, understood while under way, approaching Juan de Fuca Strai en route from Busan Korea to Vancouver. At least two of lost containers contain combustible hazmat, as well as two crushed containers on cargo deck. Number of collapsed, destroyed or damaged containers on deck is unknown. The ship reached Victoria and was anchored at around 1800 UTC Oct 22.

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