Bad weather off the Canadian coast is preventing efforts to board a container ship following a fire.

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The coast guard said that bad weather off Canada’s Pacific Coast prevented a salvage crew from boarding a cargo ship where several containers of chemicals burned over the weekend.

On Saturday, sixteen crew members were evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston. Five people remained on board to fight the fire, which had been brought under control by late Sunday.

The company has appointed a salvage crew, but “due to the current weather, (they) have been unable to board the container ship,” according to the coast guard on Twitter.


“The containers continue to smolder and boundary cooling – spraying water on the hull and on containers near the fire – continues,” it added.

The ship is anchored several kilometers (miles) off the southern coast of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia. There is no impact to human health, the coast guard said.

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Danaos Shipping Co, the company that manages the ship, said on Sunday that no injuries had been reported on board.


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