Zim Kingston lost 40 containers, others impacted by fire in containers on board

Container ship Zim Kingston (IMO 9389693), capacity 4,253 teu, lost 40 containers overboard on Friday October 22nd in rough seas when it was some 40 miles west of the Juan de Fuca Strait, which runs between Canada and the US south of Vancouver Island. The USCG and Canadian Coast Guard issued warnings for ships in the area to watch for floating containers. They are also working together to monitor the containers.

A USCG flyover crew from Air Station Port Angeles located 35 of the overboard containers offshore and deployed a self-locating datum marker buoy to monitor their movement.

As reported in yesterday’s IMN, the incident occurred when the Zim Kingston was around 30nm off Vancouver island, approaching Juan de Fuca Strait en route from Busan, South Korea to Vancouver, British Columbia. At least two of lost containers were reported to contain combustible hazardous materials.

The US Coast Guard located eight of the containers and is tracking them as they head north, according to a tweet.

The ship reached Victoria and was anchored on October 22nd, but some containers then caught fire on Saturday.

The fire on board the containership ZIM Kingston was reported to be stabilized and the ship secured, the Canadian Coast Guard said on Sunday afternoon.

The fire apparently started in two containers and spread to at least 10 containers on deck, with more containers impacted by the fire’s knock-on effects.

Because two of the burning containers held potassium amylxanthate, a “reactive flammable material”, the Canadian Coast Guard said responders could not apply water directly to the fire. Instead, they cooled the ship’s hull with water.

The ship remains at anchor at Constance Bank off of Victoria, British Columbia.

Ship manager Danaos Shipping said that the fire appeared to have been contained.

Danaos was said to have commissioned a salvage and fire-extinguishing agency to come on board in order to ensure that conditions are appropriate for the safe return of the vessel’s crew,”

Operator ZIM Integrated Shipping Services noted that it was containers rather than the ship that had caught fire.

Sixteen crew members had been evacuated from the ship, while five stayed on board to help with the fire-fighting effort.

US-based Resolve Marine Group has been engaged for salvage operations.

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.