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Destroyed container ship directed to B.C. port, 6 weeks later the fire

Damged ship

Key takeaways: 

  • The MV Zim Kingston had been tied off Victoria, B.C. after it underwent a fire in late October.
  • The MV Zim Kingston has been tied for six weeks following a fire bursting out on board. 

MV Zim Kingston headed to BC port: 

The MV Zim Kingston is eventually gone from the waters off Victoria, B.C. The broken container ship was tied there for six weeks after a fire on Oct. 23.

The fire occurred after the ship had lost 109 containers in choppy seas the day ago. It took a week to put it out, and various more to come up with a strategy for docking and emptying the ship, which was destined for Vancouver. 

In the conclusion, the Port of Nanaimo decided to take on the Zim Kingston and its destroyed cargo.

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Damaged ship
Damaged ship after fire

The ship is making the trip Friday, followed by two tugboats, a Canadian Coast Guard motor lifeboat, a marine mammal watch boat, an environmental monitoring vessel and a U.S. Coast Guard ship for when it transits into American waters. There are salvage teams on board to observe the status of the ship as it goes. 

Capt. Satinder Singh, vice-president of marine services and harbour master for the Nanaimo Port Authority, states it’s the largest ship escort he’s witnessed in his 10 years operating on the West Coast. 

He states it’s out of an excess of warning: “just contingencies, I think, is the reason that this vessel is being escorted with several vessels.”  Source – cbc.ca

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