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Ship anchored off vancouver island stops burning but stormy seas prevent 40 fallen containers from being recovered yet

The mission is to rescue a metal chest with mysterious contents that are drifting first waves, then fire, and now a stormy sea container ship vancouver island

On Monday, Coast Guard officials and Aboriginal communities were keeping an eye on more than 30 shipping containers (20 or 40 feet long and 8 feet high respectively) that crashed into the infamous rough waters west of container ship vancouver island over the weekend.

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Cargo was just one of the ship’s weekend crises. After the container fell off the ship Friday in a huge wave that tilted 35 degrees, Jim Kingston docked on the Victoria coast and immediately caught fire.

Meanwhile, containers quickly became a hazard to other vessels. At least two of them contain hazardous substances, raising fears of being washed ashore.

But what no one can do right now is to get them back. As of Monday evening, Zim Kingston was anchored and smoked, but she was no longer lit and the matter was B.C. It has become a problem for the coast.

While the tugboat waited to retrieve 40 drifting containers, the scorching weather of the “bomb cyclone” caused the retrieval operation to be put on hold.

“I can’t do anything outside right now. Now, if not a hurricane-like wind, it’s a storm,” said Gerald Graham, a Victoria-based marine consultant specializing in oil spills.

“They move according to the weather.”

It is known that the two containers contain a toxic substance called potassium amylate used for mining. The rest contains many other items that have not yet been confirmed.

The Canadian and US coast guards, which have been tracking the containers, say they are drifting north parallel to the coast of Vancouver Island, 12 nautical miles from shore, and do not expect the containers to be washed out before the weather clears. And a tug boat can retrieve them.

But it’s not impossible, and rough winds and the general unpredictability of the sea are of concern to coastal Aboriginal communities.

“We don’t know how many of these containers contain hazardous substances,” said Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, which has 14 coastal Vancouver Island Aboriginal members.

“What if they fall on the beach in our community? The sea outside is very rough right now.”

Canadian and US agencies were working together to track containers. A collision of any of these could pose a hazard to ships in the area.

“The Incident Command, led by the Canadian Coast Guard on behalf of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the First Nation (established), manages and coordinates the responses of these various agencies.” from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Bad weather on Friday was the cause of the container crash, a Coast Guard statement said. The flight of the US service found 35 containers that morning and is being monitored by US and Canadian authorities. The U.S. Coast Guard has dropped a floating tracker that helps mark the container’s location as it drifts on water.

Shipping containers are made of a strong type of steel and will usually float as long as they are sealed. A head of the accident command team told reporters on Monday that the ship’s owner had hired a local offshore salvage company to tow shipping containers ashore and unload their contents.

The contents of most containers are unknown and may contain anything being shipped including food ingredients, clothing, basketballs or household items.

B.C. Environmental Emergency Response Officer Zachary Scher said a leak of hazardous cargo from both containers would have a “drastic” environmental impact and would not extend to the wider marine environment.

Inspectors were waiting to board Jim Kingston, assessing safety and investigating which containers were drifting at the cost of Vancouver Island. It was expected to happen as soon as the “weather window” was created. Even inventory operations were subject to the will of the great West Coast Storm.