Fire on cargo ship carrying chemicals near Canada, crew evacuated

21:58, 24 October 2021
Fire on cargo ship carrying chemicals near Canada, crew evacuated Photo: U.S. Navy/

The Coast Guard spent this night fighting the fire after the outbreak had been reported on Saturday.

16 sailors were evacuated on Sunday from the MV Zim Kingston ship after an ignition had been recorded on Saturday, while five crewmates remain on the vessel. A total of ten containers were caught on fire without affecting the ship itself.

"Overnight the tug Seaspan Raven has cooled the hull of the M/V #ZimKingston by spraying the hull with cold water," the coast guard announced in a Twitter post.

The service added that it could spill water directly on the outbreak because of its chemical nature. The photo shows two ships watering the cargo ship from the side.

A tug boat urged to help the cargo ship carrying mining chemicals off British Columbia and spent the night containing the spread of fire.

According to Radio Canada referring to coast guard agents, the ship carries more than 52 tonnes (114,000 lbs) of chemical products and the fire is currently emitting masses of toxic gas into the atmosphere.

The ship has been anchored in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Pacific Ocean which marks the maritime border between the US and Canada.

According to the latest post, the service managed to contain the spread adding that smoke has been reduced. Agents promised to monitor the situation and provide updates.

The coast guard has also established a two-nautical-mile emergency zone around the ship. No casualties have been reported.