MV Zim Kingston’s Four Of The 109 Containers Have Been Found After 3 Months



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109 shipping containers went overboard before three months and 105 are still missing.

The four containers of the MV Zim Kingston washed up along the north coast of Vancouver Island back in November, but the rest stays unaccounted for, as said by the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Canadian Coast Guard wrote in an email statement“Despite efforts to model the potential trajectory of these containers, the exact location of approximately 105 of these containers is currently unknown,”

“The Canadian Coast Guard continues to work with the vessel owner to develop a plan to conduct a sonar scan of the area where the containers went overboard and an assessment of risk that the overboard containers could pose to the environment.”

Environmental groups went on to state that unicorn floaties, urinal mats, baby oil, cologne, and coolers are washing up on local shorelines as these were the products carried by the containers.

Ashley Tapp, the co-founder of the beach cleanup group Epic Exeo, said in an interview,“The funny thing is, you can find the pink unicorn at Rath Cove and Palmerston, but you’re finding the little pumps down at Grant Bay that go with them,”

Alys Hoyland, the youth leader at Surfrider Rim, has detected debris associated with the containers from Haida Gwaii in the north to Victoria in the south.

She told global news “Our two primary concerns really are around accountability and forward planning for how we prevent this kind of thing from happening again. Specifically, with marine debris, it’s incredibly difficult run with the kind of response that is the norm right now, which is once the beach is clean; the company has done its job because it’s just not true.”

Back in October, the 109 containers fell from the MV Zim Kingston due to stormy waters roughly 41 nautical miles west of the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as said by the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard hashired a contractor for scanning the missing containers.

They stated, “The shipowner will continue to check the known accumulation sites for debris every few months and remove debris likely to be from the Zim Kingston,”

Continuing “The Canadian Coast Guard will also monitor for debris when conducting overflights in the West Coast Vancouver Island area and any reported debris believed to be from the Zim Kingston will be followed upon.”

The washed-up packaging is in huge amounts, is non-recyclable, and will eventually end up in landfills, as stated by Tapp.

She added, “We’ve now added to the locations we have to get to, we’ve added the weight that we have to lift out of there. Our helicopter fees are our largest fees and they go by weight.”

Epic Exeo has offered to help the Canadian Coast Guard with its services.

It is increasingly becoming difficult for environmental groups to prove the origins of debris washing ashore as the MV Zim Kingston’s manifest is not publicly available and so; they are unable to calculate the extent of the spread.