Crews battle another fire on MV Zim Kingston, docked at Port of Nanaimo

Crews battle another fire on MV Zim Kingston, docked at Port of Nanaimo
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There was more trouble for the MV Zim Kingston on Tuesday when a fire broke out aboard the container ship, which remains docked at the Port of Nanaimo’s Duke Point facility.

Nanaimo Port Authority says the fire was discovered just after 1 p.m.

The ship’s crew as well as workers for the company salvaging the vessel put out the fire in about an hour-and-a-half, port officials said.

A boom could also be seen going up around the boat as crews dealt with the blaze.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. There were no injuries, and no immediate estimate of damage.

The MV Zim Kingston was transported to the port earlier this month following a devastating series of events off the coast of Vancouver Island.

In late October, an intense storm caused the ship to lose 109 containers overboard, with some washing up on the rugged coastline of northwest Vancouver Island. So far, only four containers have been recovered and the remaining 105 are believed to have sunk.

A day after losing the containers, a fire broke out on the ship that, due to the nature of the chemicals in some of the units, kept burning for days.

As salvage work continues on the vessel, 58 damaged containers are being offloaded for inspection before the Zim Kingston departs for another port to offload its remaining undamaged cargo.


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