105 containers that fell from a supposedly sunken cargo ship: Coast Guard

The ship is working to control the fire on October 24, 2021 on the MV Zim Kingston, about 8 km from the coast of Victoria, British Columbia. The container ship ignited on Saturday and 16 crew members were evacuated and taken to Ogden Point Wharf. (Canadian Press / Chad Hippolyto)

The Victoria-Canada Coast Guard says it believes that many, if not all, of the 109 containers that fell from the freighter off Victoria in late October sank.

The container was thrown out of MV Zim Kingston during a storm near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, when the ship broke out.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that four containers carrying refrigerators and running shoes had been washed ashore in northern Vancouver Island, but there are no signs of other containers.

The agency states that it is working with shipowners to determine the next step and the possibility of trying to find 105 missing containers.

Danaos Shipping, who manages Zim Kingston, declined to comment.

According to the statement, weather, high tides and storm swells were important factors for crew members trying to clean the beaches of northern Vancouver Island where the four containers landed.

The Japan Transport Safety Board says it is investigating a fire on a cargo ship.

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