A container ship ran aground and caught fire early on Sunday off British Columbia’s north coast. Emergency managers identified the ship as the MSC Farley, a Swiss-flagged cargo vessel. It caught fire while en route from Vancouver to Prince Rupert, B.C., about 370 kilometers (230 miles) south of the Alaska border. The crew were safely evacuated. “We’re just searching the area but right now it’s not safe to go there,” said Dale Eyre, of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre for the Northwest Territories. A Canadian Navy helicopter and a Coast Guard plane were sent to the area, but by early afternoon it was not clear if the fire had been extinguished. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman, Cpl. Curtis Peters, said there was no indication yet if oil had leaked from the ship. A Coast Guard spokesman said the vessel was likely carrying about 200 containers of cargo. An environmental assessment was under way.
“The Farley is a modern, 600-foot-long ship which is well-equipped to deal with an emergency,” Eyre said.