- The chemical container ship Zim Kingston owned by Danaos Shipping got fire at dawn on 23/10 which faces the risk of badly affecting marine life.
- Danaos’ goal was to ensure that the fire was completely under control and that there is no possibility of another fire on the ship, the company spokesman announced.
The Zim Kingston ship caught fire and released toxic gases into the environment
The fire incident of the chemical container ship Zim Kingston (owned by Danaos Shipping), occurred at dawn on 23/10 (local time) in the waters of British Columbia, on the way to the port of Vancouver.
Danaos Shipping reported that on that day, the excessive listing despite inclement weather resulted in several containers damaged and lost. The number of lost containers was about 40, but Danaos has not yet confirmed the exact number.
The Zim Kingston carried more than 52 tons of xanthates, including potassium amyl xanthate. According to Canada’s CBC, the US government classifies the compound as flammable. Potassium amyl xanthate is believed to be harmful to marine life.
Attempts to fix the problem
After the incident, the company immediately notified the local port authorities to issue a warning to vessels in this area.
The captain released an order to evacuate all crew under the assistance of the local coast guard. Authorities have established an emergency zone within 1,600 meters around the ship.
Canadian officials said that due to the chemicals on board, rescue forces could not spray water directly on the ship. Instead, the tugs sprayed water around to prevent the fire from spreading.
In the latest update, ZIM said the fire-fighting tugboats continued to operate and additional experts and firefighters would soon be on board to assist in case of favourable weather.
Meanwhile, another team of experts was preparing to be onboard and assess the condition of the ship and cargo.
“Danaos’ goal is to ensure that the fire is completely under control and that there is no possibility of another fire on the ship”, company spokesman announced.