Hundreds of containers on fire in Canadian cargo ship

This article is over 2 months old Fire raises concerns of the impact of climate change on oil tanker traffic as dark smoke billows across the Pacific Containers engulfed in flames have been spotted…

Hundreds of containers on fire in Canadian cargo ship

This article is over 2 months old

Fire raises concerns of the impact of climate change on oil tanker traffic as dark smoke billows across the Pacific

Containers engulfed in flames have been spotted on a shipping container ship carrying crude oil about 125 nautical miles off British Columbia’s coast.

Emergency services were dispatched after a fire broke out Monday, near Hook, British Columbia, around 125 nautical miles south of Kitimat, Canada.

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Photographs of the ship show dozens of black containers on fire on the deck. One photo taken on the shore showed multiple containers burning at a square angle in a field.

Local news broadcaster CTV reported it was not clear whether the burning containers held crude oil, but that nearby residents were advised to stay indoors.

The video above, taken from the corner of a condo balcony, shows dark black smoke billowing across the Pacific about 127 nautical miles south of Hook, British Columbia.

Vancouver Coastal Health issued a notice of emergency in the local area on Monday morning and urged residents to stay indoors and stay away from the water.

The forest fires disaster fund was activated to support the community, the B.C. government said.

The fire has been burning near Japan for most of 2018 but left almost no trace before returning to the Pacific Ocean last week.

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