Smoke was seen billowing from a tug and barge just outside of Prince Rupert harbour.

Smoke was seen billowing from a tug and barge just outside of Prince Rupert harbour.

Container barge catches fire outside of Prince Rupert Harbour

A tug and barge caught fire Saturday just outside of the Prince Rupert Harbour.

A tug and barge caught fire Saturday just outside of the Prince Rupert Harbour.

Michael Gurney, manager of corporate communications for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, confirmed that the Alaska-bound ship radioed in that a number of containers were on fire. Two Smit Marine tugs were dispatched to hose down the flames.  The Prince Rupert Port Authority did offer the port as a refuge for the ship, but the captain determined everything was under control and the vessel continued on to Alaska.

Reports indicate up to 12 containers were damaged in the fire.