A local publisher of children’s books is anxiously awaiting the fate of thousands of books that were on board the cargo of the MV Zim Kingston, a ship that lost 109 sea containers at sea before suffering a fire on board offshore from Victoria.
Orca Book Publishers said 15,000 books were on board the ship and the publisher is waiting to see if the books were destroyed in the fire, lost in the water or are still on the ship.
Orca Book Publishers said the shipment included a new stock of several bestselling children’s non-fiction titles and was being shipped from the printer in China.
According to Orca, that will mean, at the very least, a delay for those books, which have been ordered to fill the pre-vacation needs of bookstores and schools.
“Earlier this year, we made the decision to shift most of our printing from overseas printing to printing in Canada,” said publisher Andrew Wooldridge. “There are several reasons for this change; politically, socially and environmentally, we strive to better align our printing decisions with our mandate and overall goals. These books were among the last planned prints in China and Korea. Combined with all the other supply chain issues, this was a surprising development that certainly caught us off guard. “
Orca says complications from testing the MV Zim Kingston come at a time when the global supply chain is already facing severe delays, while Canadian publishers’ access to printers and paper continues to be drastically. affected by the pandemic.
In a statement on Thursday, Orca said the shipment included prints of five different children’s books, four of which were written by Victoria-based authors.