Shipping containers burning off Canada coast

Image copyright Clifton Fire Department Image caption Firefighters continued to control the fire more than eight hours after it began Eight containers have caught fire on a Canadian cargo ship in seas off the…

Shipping containers burning off Canada coast

Image copyright Clifton Fire Department Image caption Firefighters continued to control the fire more than eight hours after it began

Eight containers have caught fire on a Canadian cargo ship in seas off the coast of British Columbia.

One of the containers is on fire at the moment, but another eight are still burning after spilling oil into the water, local media report.

Ten water jets have so far been used to contain the oil spill, and the smoke is visible hundreds of miles away, according to Reuters.

A person is thought to have suffered minor burns but has not been evacuated.

The fire aboard MV City of Celina happened after flames broke out in an area of about 400 square metres when the vessel travelled in rough seas to deliver a load of wood in Prince Rupert, Canada’s Pacific Coast city.

A spokesperson for the British Columbia community of Celina told CNN no-one was being evacuated.

“They are doing what they can, and at this point there’s no evacuation but there could be at any point,” she added.

Environmental groups have called for the pollution to be stopped.

“If a person is on board and involved in this incident, and we are not able to get people away from the area and on to shore, then there has to be someone in there that can monitor to make sure we don’t have any significant negative effects to the ecosystem,” Michael Chaput, president of B2Oil, an environmental group, told the CBC.

A video released by Canadian officials showed the smoke billowing out of containers as they burst open, with smoke billowing upward from the tugs that were manoeuvring the ship.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Maritime watchdog Canada Border Services Agency has said it is monitoring the situation

The incident comes just two days after a fire on a North Korean ship, which left 17 sailors dead after more than half of its 20-strong crew died.

The fire broke out on the ship, Chong Chon Gang, while it was en route to a North Korean port with a cargo of coal, but although the heat trapped in the cargo fire spread quickly.

Shipping containers at a terminal in Hong Kong have also burst into flames this year.

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