Zim Kingston misplaced containers off west coast of Vancouver Island on Friday, caught hearth on Saturday

Much more containers than initially believed — 109 moderately than 40 — fell off the container ship Zim Kingston in heavy seas off the west coast of Vancouver Island final week, the coast guard says.

The containers carried the whole lot from Christmas decorations to sofas, poker tables, metallic automobile elements, clothes, toys, yoga mats, stand-up paddleboards and industrial elements.

No less than three are believed to have come ashore at Cape Scott, together with some particles, mentioned Maria McCooey, deputy federal incident commander for the Canadian Coast Guard.

A coast guard helicopter headed to the scene to determine the containers and discover out in the event that they match those that went overboard from Zim Kingston, she mentioned.

It’s anticipated some containers could have sunk by now, she mentioned. “They’re on the market being battered in heavy seas. The watertight integrity [of containers] shouldn’t be that nice.”

Two of the containers that slid off the ship have been carrying hazardous supplies and haven’t been accounted for. Such containers are usually marked as harmful items, nevertheless it’s not recognized if connected placards would have remained in place after a number of days within the ocean, mentioned Zachary Scher, incident commander for the Surroundings Ministry.

The coast guard says it’s deploying monitoring buoys and dealing with the vessel’s proprietor, Greece-based Danaos Transport, to find and get better the containers.

The ship, anchored at Constance Financial institution, the place it’s seen from the Dallas Street waterfront, had been carrying almost 2,000 containers on its option to the Port of Vancouver. Of these, near half have been on the ship’s higher deck.

Zim Kingston misplaced its containers on Friday. On Saturday, a fireplace broke out on the ship. That fireside is now below management and crew members have been in a position to full a survey of containers nonetheless on the ship.

Firefighters tackled in a single day flare-ups, mentioned Paul Barrett, planning part chief for the unified command workforce coping with the scenario for the coast guard.

A gaggle of assist vessels continues to be available, together with these tasked with spraying water on the hull to maintain it cool.

As soon as it’s deemed protected, Transport Canada officers will board Zim Kingston to examine the ship for compliance with the Canadian Transport Act and worldwide conventions, Barrett mentioned, together with analyzing vessel data and paperwork and inspecting the ship.

Scher mentioned 106 air samples have been taken alongside the Victoria waterfront and none discovered any contaminants at any ranges which might be a danger to public well being. Monitoring is constant.

Hazardous items have been recognized as potassium amyl xanthate used within the mining sector; the product is water-soluble and is thus not anticipated to be persistent within the atmosphere, mentioned Scher, noting any aquatic impacts would solely be close to the supply of a discharge.

A Transport Canada aerial surveillance program aircraft is flying over the west coast of Vancouver Island to trace containers.

Lighthouse keepers and mariners have reported sightings, however the work is sophisticated by poor climate and swells of 10 to 12 metres, officers mentioned.

Anybody who finds a container is requested to not open it and to instantly name 1-800-889-8852.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has put out eight drifting trackers that transmit pace and path to assist predict the trail of the containers.

cjwilson@timescolonist.com