Although 109 containers went overboard from the ZIM Kingston (IMO 9389693) on October 21st off the Canadian province of British Columbia and the US state of Washington, only four thus far have washed up ashore.
This means that two of the four containers with 57 tons of potassium amyl xanthate and thiourea dioxide inside them are floating out to sea. The other two were involved in the subsequent fire on board.
The vessel’s owners declared General Average on November 1st and manager Danaos has appointed Cyprus-based Albatross Adjusters as GA adjusters for the casualty. Shippers with cargo onboard must now await details of the GA security required.
The ship itself was said to be structurally sound. The decision on when it would leave the area of the Constance Bank would be taken by the master in consultation with local pilots. The vessel could head north to Nanaimo Port on Vancouver Island’s eastern shore, about midway up the coast, to discharge containers. That port has the facilities and water depth to handle a vessel of its size.
The four containers that have turned up, washed ashore on the west coast of Vancouver Island and broke open in heavy weather, spilling floor mats, inflatable toys and lots of refrigerators on inaccessible beaches. The Canadian Coast Guard, First Nations and a number of environmental agencies are helping with the clean-up.
Debris has also begun appearing at other locations, including Experiment Bight and Raft Cove.
As of November 11th the vessel remained at Constance Bank Anchorage, with restricted manoeuvrability.
2008-built, Malta-flagged, 40,030 gt ZIM Kingston is owned by Balticsea Marine Inc care of manager Danaos Shipping Inc of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Swedish Club (Piraeus team) on behalf of Balticsea Marine Inc.