Canadian ship fire: More than 50 containers on fire

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Images posted on social media show containers ablaze in the water off Haida Gwaii Fire has broken out on a cargo ship in the waters off British Columbia,…

Canadian ship fire: More than 50 containers on fire

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Images posted on social media show containers ablaze in the water off Haida Gwaii

Fire has broken out on a cargo ship in the waters off British Columbia, Canada.

Some 50 containers on board the Haida Mariner, were ablaze and visible from the shorelines of the island province.

Photos posted on social media showed smoking containers in the water.

Two of the 35 people on board were treated for minor injuries at the scene and later released.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two crew members were treated for minor injuries at the scene, officials said

Smoke could be seen billowing into the sky for several hours as the ship waited for a firefighting helicopter to arrive.

The ship was en route from Vancouver Island to Japan on Wednesday night. It had been used by Kinder Morgan to load oil tankers.

A spokesperson for B.C. transport ministry, Patricia Allard, told CBC the fire was contained, with the Haida Mariner now making a slow return to Vancouver Bay.

She said efforts were continuing to handle about 10 more containers containing hazardous material.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The tanker has been leased to Kinder Morgan

It is not known what started the fire on the 4,000-tonne catamaran.

The vessel had arrived in Vancouver from the town of Prince Rupert, four hours earlier, the Canadian Coast Guard said.

Fire crews from several communities, including Prince Rupert, Vancouver and nearby Kamloops, assisted the coast guard in trying to contain the blaze.

Loyola Walker, the mayor of the port city of Port Hardy, told reporters the fire had been contained.

Gillian Barlow, the chief information officer for British Columbia’s transport ministry, said the smoke from the fire had impacted air quality in Tofino.

The exact location of the fire has yet to be determined.

However, video from the Island News showed a fire fighter asking vessels in the immediate area to switch from the engines to save the engine room.

The ship is part of a fleet operated by Pacific Green Marine Transport, of which four other vessels are in various stages of derelict at various ports in North America.

Last year, four of Pacific Green’s vessels caught fire.

It can hold up to 64 cars, 15 pallets and more than 1,000 tonnes of sea salt, according to the company’s website.

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