Written by Staff Writer at CNN, Michele Borboa, Jr.
A cargo ship caught fire Friday off the coast of British Columbia as it unloaded wood chips from a nearby forest.
Firefighters doused flames on the Pacific Adventurer, which was carrying wood chips from a mill in Maple Ridge, B.C., to a wood pellet plant in Leduc, Alberta, when the blaze broke out, according to British Columbia’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Initial reports indicated that the fire had begun on the container ship’s deck, but rescuers later discovered that the blaze started in a container room, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The fire was under control by about 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET), and the ship was expected to arrive at its port later Friday evening.
Pacific Adventurer is a heavy fuel oil tanker, according to port authorities. The vessels that load the cargo can be equipped with standard firefighting systems, as well as floating pontoons to provide breathing spaces in the event of a fire. The cargo ship was also equipped with emergency response systems when its containers caught fire, according to port authorities.