Fire breaks out on vessel that lost 40 containers near Strait of Juan de Fuca

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard officials responded to a container vessel that lost 40 shipping containers Friday due to heavy weather.

Posted: Oct 24, 2021 8:05 PM

SEATTLE, Wa.--- A fire on the container vessel Zim Kingston has now been stabilized after catching fire.

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard officials responded to a container vessel that lost 40 shipping containers Friday due to heavy weather.

This happened 40 miles from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Around 12:50 a.m. Friday, Zim Kingston reported losing the containers overboard when the vessel heeled 35 degrees in heavy swells.

The lost containers were initially reported to have no dangerous cargo inside.

Coast Guard officials directed a helicopter to conduct a flyover at 10 a.m. Friday. Crews were able to locate 35 of the containers.

Around four hours later, it was reported two containers overboard Zim Kingston contained hazardous material.

Then on Saturday at around 11:10 a.m., it was reported two containers were on fire. Officials arranged an overflight to the area.

"The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation, engaging with our Canadian and tribal partners to respond and support as requested while this incident continues to develop," said Capt. Daniel Broadhurst, chief of incident management for the 13th Coast Guard District.

Canadian Coast Guard reported the fire was contained around 4 p.m. Sunday.

No injuries were reported to any crew members.

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