A fire that burned for nearly a week on the container ship anchored off Victoria’s waterfront has finally been put out, according to the Canadian Coast Guard; meanwhile, items are being found across Vancouver Island’s coast.
The cause of the fire still remains unknown.
Prior to the fire, a total of 109 containers went overboard during rough weather and went missing off the coast of Vancouver Island, and at least five containers have been spotted along the shores of Vancouver Island, some over 400 kilometers away.
Two missing cargo containers contain dangerous goods.
Coast Guard helicopters flew between Tofino and Cape Scott on Wednesday in an attempt to locate the missing containers.
Items uncovered along beaches across Vancouver Island include fridges, rain boots, shoes, toys, Chinese checkers boards, baby oil, food packs, hair wax, Styrofoam, and backpacks.
It has been speculated that many of the remaining cargo containers have sunk.
The owner of the cargo has hired a contractor to recover the containers and remove smaller debris from the containers on the beach. An environmental consultant will provide advice and support.
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