The Canadian Coast Guard said the flames that broke out on the ship carrying containers off the coasts of Canada and the United States died out on Monday with no visible flames, while containers that fell into the sea should not make landfall.
“It appears that the containers that were now burning are only emitting smoke,” Deputy Incident Commander Maria McCoy explained during a press conference, adding that the flames were no longer visible.
“For now, strong winds and strong waves continue to prevent first responders from boarding the ship, but it may be calm later in the evening,” the Coast Guard said in a tweet on Monday.
On Saturday, 10 containers of unidentified cargo caught fire in Zim Kingston while the ship was waiting to reach the Port of Vancouver, forcing the evacuation of 16 crew members.
The day before, 40 containers had fallen into the Pacific Ocean amid strong inflation due to bad weather.
“The containers drift precisely about 12 nautical miles along Vancouver Island, which makes us believe they won’t make landfall,” said Gillian Oliver, chief planning officer at the command center set up to respond to the emergency.
Despite the fact that some of the containers that fell into the sea carried dangerous chemicals, no one was hurt and no danger to marine species was detected, according to Canadian authorities.
Canadian authorities reported that the causes of the container ship fire are still unknown.
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