**Updated** Remaining crew members evacuated from burning container ship: USCG

**Updated at 12:20 p.m.**

The U.S. Coast Guard says all crewmembers have been moved off a large Halifax-bound container ship burning far off the city's coast, but notes that weather conditions are looking more favourable for firefighting efforts.

Bad weather has been preventing the crew of the Yantian Express from extinguishing a fire that started inside a container on the ship's forward deck on Thursday.

Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says 11 "non-essential'' crew were moved on Saturday night to the Smit Nicobar, an offshore support tug from Belgium that arrived on the scene Friday night.

He says the remaining 12 crewmembers were moved to the Smit Nicobar on Sunday, adding that there is no further information about the status of the fire.

Canup says another tug, the Maersk Mobiliser from Newfoundland, is on its way to the scene with plans to tow the vessel to Halifax.

The Yantian Express is about 1,600 kilometres southeast of 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.