Technical experts hired by Danaos Corp plan to board a Zim-operated containership on Monday to ensure crew can return safely after a fire erupted in several containers on Friday.

The 4,253-teu Zim Kingston (built 2008) sailed into bad weather en-route from South Korea's Busan to Vancouver, Canada, that caused dozens of boxes to fall overboard and others to catch fire while on the ship.

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) will allow the technical team to board the ship, which was ordered to anchor off the coast, and then "evaluate the situation" with six marine firefighters, Danaos said.

They will be responsible for the final report to the CCG before the Zim Kingston is cleared to enter the Port of Vancouver.

The CCG also cleared six crewmembers to return to the ship but adverse weather has prevented them from doing that.

The vessel's master on Friday ordered the evacuation of 16 crew members with help from the CCG while he and other key personnel stayed on board to oversee the fire extinguishing effort.

No injuries were reported and the fire appears to have been subdued.

Some of the containers were carrying hazardous chemicals that hampered several tugs' efforts to put out the fire and cool the vessel's hull on Sunday, the CCG reported.

The Zim Kingston operates as one of several ships between Asia and the West Coast of North America on a service run with 2M partners Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co.