Fire breaks out on cargo carrier that lost dozens of shipping containers off B.C. coast

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A fire broke out on Saturday at a cargo carrier anchored near Victoria, two days after an estimated 35-40 shipping containers were lost during rough seas west of Vancouver Island.

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The Canadian Coast Guard said the fire was reported at around 11 a.m. on the MV Jim Kingston and was related to two damaged containers carrying hazardous materials.

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Two other containers containing hazardous materials were also among those lost at sea. The exact contents of the containers were not yet clear.

Jim Kingston is currently anchored at Constance Bank, a few kilometers south of the Capitol.

The Coast Guard’s Victoria Station lifeboat, Cape Calvert, was deployed to assess the situation and as a safety vessel, and a spokesman said a military fireboat from CFB Esquimalt was also responding.

The MV Kingston was at the end of a voyage from South Korea in BC.

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On Friday, the US Coast Guard said it had found several lost containers floating in the ocean, some of them floating north on the surface.

Sailors in the US and Canada are being urged to exercise caution at sea and watch for containers as a potential threat.

more to come…

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