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Old 25th Oct 2021, 01:05
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Container ship fire - British Columbia


container ship Zim Kingston(CNN)A fire broke out on Saturday on containers on a cargo ship carrying mining chemicals off British Columbia, and the Canadian Coast Guard said it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to assess the situation, including environmental hazards.
Sixteen crew members have been evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston, while five remained onboard to fight the fire, the Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement late on Saturday. Ten containers were currently burning, it said, adding the fire continued to spread but the ship itself was not on fire.The agency said it was working with its U.S. counterpart to track 40 containers that had fallen overboard, saying they pose a significant risk to mariners.
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Old 25th Oct 2021, 06:48
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The vessel is at anchor on Constance Bank, an anchorage used by vessels waiting to enter ports in the Vancouver area.

Most of the missing containers were lost during a storm at sea, before the Zim Kingston entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca.




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Old 25th Oct 2021, 07:06
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Now reported as "under control" or "suppressed." Apparently the regimen is to just keep the surrounding containers cool with water spray until the chemicals burn themselves out.

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/n...st-containers/
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Aren't there specialist companies that ship hazardous cargos around on a regular basis ? If I remember they have container ships built in a different way and ro-ro access for trucks that cannot be unhooked due to their cargo/load ?

I's a tough choice when a container is burning, do you jettison it it to save the ship, or not due to pollution of the marine environment, especially closer to shore ?
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Reminds me of the recent container ship that burned and sank off Sri Lanka, releasing all kinds of chemical pollutants.
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
It's a tough choice when a container is burning, do you jettison it it to save the ship, or not due to pollution of the marine environment, especially closer to shore ?
Is jettisoning a single or several containers even possible without port facilities? Sounds about as practical as jettisoning a burning ULD.
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Bomb it with Buccaneers....

It's worked before
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Old 25th Oct 2021, 18:17
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Originally Posted by Wetstart Dryrun View Post
Bomb it with Buccaneers....

It's worked before
Not very well as I re call with Torri Canyon.

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I think Wetstart was being slightly tongue-in-cheek.

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Originally Posted by nonsense View Post
Is jettisoning a single or several containers even possible without port facilities? Sounds about as practical as jettisoning a burning ULD.
Agreed - most of the system is designed to prevent containers from departing the ship - not to allow jettison of troublesome cargo.

Now, it might be possible to gin up a system where all the potentially hazardous cargo containers are segregated into a specific location that would allow them to be jettisoned, but I seriously doubt it would be practical (or even legal). Plus it would magnify the risk of something going wrong (storing all the hazardous stuff together - what could go wrong ).
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