Author: Michel Drouin

Damaged safety latch allows BC Ferries rescue boat to fall into sea

A rescue boat from BC Ferries’ Spirit of Vancouver Island slipped off a davit hook due to a damaged spring-loaded safety latch, causing an “uncontrolled fall” into the water more than 50 feet below, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said in an investigative report.

TSB: BC tugboat grounded after lone watchkeeper fell asleep

The mate on watch aboard the Canadian tugboat Ocean Monarch was likely suffering “acute fatigue” when he fell asleep at the wheel and the vessel grounded in British Columbia’s narrow Princess Royal Channel, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has determined.

Fraser River dredger loses propulsion after blackout, hits barge

A dredger operating on British Columbia’s Fraser River collided with a loaded barge after the dredger lost propulsion due to a power blackout that caused the air-powered engine clutches to disengage, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has determined.

TSB: Failure of fuel hose connection caused fire on BC tugboat

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined that the separation of a flexible fuel hose and a copper tube, which were held together only by a clamp, spilled diesel onto generator components and ignited an engine room fire on a British Columbia tugboat.

TSB: Poor risk assessment led to St. Lawrence River tug capsizing

Lack of a documented process to assist masters in evaluating risk in operations, such as transiting a barge in current to a work quay, led to the capsizing of a tugboat in the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) determined.

Union, Canada settle lawsuits over permits for foreign seafarers

A long-standing legal battle between the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIUC) and the federal government over foreign workers engaged in shipping in Canadian waters was settled on Feb. 15, mere days before a lengthy court case was due to start.