Discharges when a ship emits toxic gas offshore – NEWS WORLD UPDATE

Sixteen people were evacuated from a burning container ship off the coast of Canada.

The Zim Kingston ship emits toxic gas, but officials say there is no “safety risk” for those on land.

The ship was just heading to Vancouver when it caught fire late Saturday.


The response ships spent the night cooling the outside of the ship with water, but were unable to extinguish the flames directly because of the chemicals, CBC News reports.

“The ship is on fire and emits toxic gas,” the Canadian Coast Guard said. He added that 10 containers were involved in the fire.

“Currently, there are no safety risks for those on the shore, but the situation will continue to be monitored,” he said.

The Coast Guard reported that the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kg of chemicals in the two flames in the tank.

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