Boaters are being warned to exercise “extreme caution” after approximately 40 shipping containers were knocked off a cargo ship near Vancouver Island on Friday.
The containers were thrown overboard when the vessel Zim Kingston encountered rough seas about 69 kilometres west of the entrance to the Straits of Juan de Fuca.
#BreakingNews Coast Guard crews are monitoring several adrift shipping containers 43 miles west of the Straits of Juan de Fuca entrance. An inbound vessel lost approx. 40 containers when the ship listed to its side due to rough seas. Check back for updates. pic.twitter.com/GInKf8M0sB
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) October 22, 2021
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The Zim Kingston is currently anchored south of Victoria at the Constance Bank Anchorage. According to Marine Traffic, the ship was carrying hazardous materials.
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) October 23, 2021