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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. 

Incorrect securement causes rescue boat fall from ferry

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued an investigation report on the uncontrolled fall of a rescue boat during a drill onboard the RoRo passenger ferry ‘Queen of Cumberland’ in April 2018 off British Columbia, that caused two injuries. The investigation found that incorrect securement led to the fall. 

Two vessels collide at Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will be using a team of investigators to Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia, after a collision between the M.V. Caravos Harmony and the M.V. Pan Acacia took place on March 17. TSB did not reveal any further information regarding the damages, injuries or pollution, but it said that it will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Fishing vessel grounding results to fatality

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released an investigation report on the grounding of Fishing vessel Fisherman’s Provider II on February 6, and the incident resulting to the master of the vessel having a fatal incident. 

Ineffective communication leads to bulk carrier grounding

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its investigation report about the grounding of the bulk carrier SBI Carioca near the Port of Belledune in Chaleur Bay, New Brunswick, on October 2017. Conflicting information and ineffective communication led to the 2017 grounding.

Loss of propulsion leads dredger to collide with loaded barge

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its investigation report into the collision of the dredger FRPD 309 with the loaded barge Evco 60, on 5 December 2017, in the Fraser River, after it lost its propulsion due to a blackout. The FRPD 309 sustained damage to the shell plating and forepeak tank forward of the collision bulkhead.

Inadequate stability information led to ‘Miss Cory’ capsizing

TSB Canada issued an investigation report on the capsizing and sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Miss Cory’ in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, in March 2017, indicating inadequate vessel stability information as the key cause. One crew member was reported missing as a result from the accident. 


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