It would have been a beachcombers’ delight.

Shoes, backpacks, and refrigerators are among the items bestrewn across Vancouver Island beaches — belonging to lost shipping containers from the Zim Kingston.

These photos are from the shoreline near Port Hardy.


Credit: Jerika McArter

Heavy swells claimed the ship’s cargo approximately 38 miles west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca over the weekend.

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) said its National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) will continue overflights of the shore, searching for more containers — anticipating they will float north.

The contractor hired by the vessels owner is preparing for the recovery of several found near Cape Scott yesterday, and has hired an environmental company to advise on the operation.

Overall, there are more than 100 missing containers; two of which contain hazardous materials, says CCG.

Mariners and members of the public in the area are asked to avoid opening or moving containers, and instead call 1-800-889-8852 immediately.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Reid Small is a BC Reporter for the Western Standard and West Coast Standard based in the Vancouver Bureau. He has worked as a freelance photojournalist and in independent media.

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