U.S. Coast Guard evacuates 11 of 23 crew members from burning container ship off Halifax

The U.S. Coast Guard says 11 “non-essential” crew have been moved off of a large Halifax-bound container ship that’s been burning far off the Nova Scotia coast.

Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says the 11 have been moved to the Smit Nicobar, an offshore support tug from Belgium that arrived on the scene Friday night.

He says the remaining 12 crew remain on board the Yantian Express and no injuries have been reported.

The 320-metre container ship was travelling from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Halifax on Thursday when a fire started inside a container on the ship’s forward deck.

The blaze then spread to several other containers, and coast guard officials in Boston received a call for help early Friday.

Canup said earlier Saturday that poor weather continued to prevent crews from extinguishing the fire burning aboard the ship, which is located about 1,775 kilometres southeast of Halifax.

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