Over 100 cargo containers went overboard during BC storm: Coast Guard

Oct 27 2021, 9:33 pm

As the salvage efforts continue, the Canadian Coast Guard now says 106 containers went overboard from the MV Zim Kingston in the waters off Vancouver Island.

It’s still believed only two containers contain hazardous materials.

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In a series of tweets Wednesday, the Coast Guard went into more detail about what was in the overboard containers. They contained toys, clothing, automotive parts, industrial parts, and furniture. 

So far, no containers or debris have washed up on shore. But modelling from the Coast Guard suggests the containers may reach Cape Scott on Northern Vancouver Island.

The containers went into the waters off Vancouver Island late last week. There was also a fire on the vessel, which is now mostly out.

Several firefighters and crew members were able to board the vessel Monday night, and the Coast Guard says it may take several days to fully suppress the smouldering fires inside the containers.

People on Vancouver Island are being warned to not open the containers, since they may contain hazardous contents. If you see a vessel, you’re asked to call the Coast Guard at 1-800-889-8852 immediately.

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