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Container from cargo ship breaks open on shore of northern Vancouver Island

Click to play video: 'New pictures of containers and debris washed up on Vancouver Island from stricken freighter'
New pictures of containers and debris washed up on Vancouver Island from stricken freighter
WATCH: We're getting a better look at the containers and debris washing up on a pristine Vancouver Island shoreline, from that freighter that lost more than hundred containers off the coast of Victoria. – Oct 28, 2021

The Canadian Coast Guard said four cargo ship containers that went overboard from the MV Zim Kingston have washed ashore on northern Vancouver Island.

The containers went overboard on Friday when the vessel encountered rough seas.

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A container fire broke out on the ship the following day while it was anchored near Victoria. Potassium amylxanthate, a hazardous chemical widely used in the mining industry, was stored in two of the containers that caught fire, as well as two of the containers that went overboard.

On Wednesday, the coast guard revised the number of containers that fell overboard to 109, up from an original estimate of 40. Two of the overboard containers are holding hazardous materials.

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

Four overboard containers were spotted on the coastline near Cape Scott on Wednesday afternoon. A container holding refrigerators had broken open, the coast guard said.

The coast guard confirmed that containers found ashore did not contain goods that could be considered dangerous.

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

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The ship’s owner has hired a contractor to recover the containers, the coast guard said.

A Port Hardy resident shared photos of items strewn on a beach near Cape Scott on social media, saying, “there is stuff everywhere fridges, rain boots, shoes, toys, Chinese checkers boards, baby oil, food packs, hair wax, styrofoam, backpacks and more.”

 

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

The coast guard said, but they will continue their search. Some of the containers have already sunk, while those that remain adrift will continue to move north.

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— with files from The Canadian Press

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