Coast guard now believes more than 100 containers fell from MV Zim Kingston cargo ship

Click to play video: 'New assessment shows many more containers fell overboard from freighter off Victoria'
New assessment shows many more containers fell overboard from freighter off Victoria
It now appears that 109 containers fell off of a freighter into the ocean near Victoria, nearly three times the number that was originally estimated. Ted Chernecki has the details, and the latest on two of the containers that held hazardous materials – Oct 27, 2021

The Canadian Coast Guard said more than 100 shipping containers fell off the MV Zim Kingston.

It was originally reported that 40 containers fell overboard after the cargo ship hit rough waters off B.C.’s coast. After crews accessed container bays on the ship, the coast guard now believes at least 109 containers went overboard.

Click to play video: 'Fire contained on MV Zim Kingston cargo ship'
Fire contained on MV Zim Kingston cargo ship

The coast guard said there are two adrift containers with hazardous goods, a number that remains unchanged from previous estimates. Contents of the other overboard containers include toys, clothing, automotive parts, industrial parts and furniture.

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Click to play video: 'Crews facing challenges putting out MV Zim Kingston fire'
Crews facing challenges putting out MV Zim Kingston fire

The coast guard said some of the containers may have sunk and an environmental unit will assess potential impacts.

The coast guard also said four containers and some debris are on the beach at Cape Scott on the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

None of those containers were carrying hazardous materials, it said. At least one of the containers, carrying refrigerators, appeared to have broken open, the coast guard said.

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“The location is remote and rugged, and planning for recovery operations is underway,” the coast guard wrote on Twitter.

Officials say they are still not sure what sparked the fire in several containers aboard the MV Zim Kingston, which is now anchored at the Constance Bank Anchorage south of Victoria, B.C.

Crews were able to safely conduct a more thorough survey of the ship’s bays on Tuesday now that the fire is under control.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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