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TSB investigation: Three safety concerns after bottom contact of passenger vessel

TSB Canada issued an investigation report into the bottom contact of the passenger vessel Island Queen III near Whiskey Island off Kingston, in August 2017. The Board issued three safety concerns relating to carriage of lifejackets, the evacuation of passengers during an emergency, and specialized training for crew.

Watch: Factors and recovering methods for girding incidents

Between 2005 and 2018, the TSB received reports of 26 girding situations resulting in 21 capsizings. Girding occurs when a vessel is pulled broadside by a towline force and is unable to manoeuver out of this position. The TSB created this video to illustrate the factors leading to girding and the recovery methods.

Tug capsizes due to lack of training and oversight

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada discusses a capsize incident, where the George H Ledcor was towing another barge and resulted to the former’s capsize.The event resulted to a seriously injured crewmember and an unknown quantity of oil spill. 

Lessons learned: Possible bottom contact

TSB issued an investigation report on a possible bottom contact involving the bulk carrier ‘Maccoa’ in Kahnawake, in November 2018. TSB noted that when a Seaway lift bridge cannot be raised to allow the vessel to pass, the vessel’s master must take appropriate action to avoid passing the limit of approach sign. 

TSB issues report on Captain fatality onboard Sage Amazon

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued an investigation report on the Captain fatality onboard the bulk carrier ‘Sage Amazon’ while at the Port-Daniel–Gascons, in Quebec, in March 2018. The Captain’s death was caused by a cardiac event that led to his fall from ladder.