2019 Fatal Sinking of Captain Jim Attributed to Compromised Stability
Regulatory Surveillance by TC Didn’t Identify Vessel Modifications that Affected Stability and Watertight Integrity
The installation of freeing ports during a refit on the undecked Captain Jim’s hull is what led to the fatal sinking of the vessel in Halifax Harbour in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, concluded a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigation released last fall and corrected in February.
“After the publication of this report, the TSB obtained ...
Autopilot Deemed Cause of Fatal Boating Accident
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined that the use of autopilot was the major cause of a fatal Prince Edward Island fishing vessel accident earlier this year.
In its recently released post-deployment occurrence summary report, the TSB said that on June 9, the 13-metre fishing vessel Forever Chasin’ Tail, with three people on board, departed Beach Point, P.E.I., to recover lobster traps approximately 14 nautical miles (nm) to the east.
Later that morning, the 11-metre ...
Management Policy Should Never Impact Safety
On June 16, 2015, the small fishing vessel CFV 130214 was reported overdue from a fishing trip in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre-Halifax initiated a search of the area. The next day, search and rescue personnel recovered the three deceased crew members on Bar Haven Island. The vessel was not found and is believed to have sunk.
With only a few weeks left in the fishing season and none of his crab quota filled, the master was under increased ...
Safe Work Practices a Must, According to Transportation Safety Board
A lot of ship-board accidents, including people falling overboard, could be prevented if safe work practices were in force.
According to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), regulations place the responsibility on the authorized representative to develop procedures for the safe operation of the vessel.
“The resulting safe work practices help ensure that masters and crew members have the knowledge, as well as the necessary information to make sound decisions in any operating conditio...
TSB Releases Report Into Fatal Placentia Bay Fishing Vessel Accident
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is again emphasizing the wide range of safety risks that persist for small fishing vessels.
In its report released Aug. 2, the TSB said that on the evening of June 16, 2015, the small fishing vessel CFV 130214, an open boat with three people on board, was reported overdue from a crab fishing trip in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax initiated a search, and the bodies of all three crew members ...
Three Pillars of Amendments to Fishing Vessel Inspection Regulations
Transport Canada is in the process of amending the Small Vessel Inspection Regulations in an effort to stymie the number of accidents on fishing vessels, which resulted into 16 deaths three years ago, making the commercial fishery the most dangerous occupation in Canada.
The department has three objectives in mind to achieve this end: safe operating procedures, safety equipment and stability requirements.
Safe Operating Procedures
New provisions would require all small fishing vessels to ...
Safety Improvements Coming to Industry
These are sobering figures.
Between 2009 and 2013, 40 per cent of all marine accidents in Canada were pinned to fishing vessels, approximately 134 vessels per year.
Three years ago, 16 fishing fatalities were reported, many of the vessels fishing from south west Nova Scotia ports like Woods Harbour-Forbes Point.
Sailing in weather conditions not suited to small boats, a vessel stability problem and the lack of adequate safety equipment or training for vessel crews were all deemed ...
TSB Deploying Team to Investigate Sinking of Don Cadegan
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) announced today it is deploying a team of investigators to Pubnico, Nova Scotia, to assess an occurrence involving the fishing vessel Don Cadegan which ran aground and subsequently sank on February 15.
The TSB said the three-person crew was picked up by another fishing vessel and are all safe.
The vessel ran aground near Murder Island, one of the islands in the Tusket Islands chain.
A Transportation Safety Board spokesperson said the ...
Recommendations for Fishing Vessel Regulations, Safety Slow to Change, Says TSB
Each year, fishermen lose their lives while working in the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada.
Whether it be drownings, going overboard, boats sinking or being involved in accidents, the tragedies continue to occur.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) statistics show on average there is at least one loss of life per month in the fishing industry.
Marc-Andre Poisson, director of marine investigations for the Transportation Safety Board says that is too many.
The TSB investigates ...
TSB Concludes Unplugged Drain Hole Caused 2014 Sinking and Fatality
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) recently reported that a missing drain plug ultimately lead to the 2014 sinking of a Western Newfoundland fishing vessel, which claimed the life of one of the crew members.
On June 26, 2014, the small fishing vessel Sea Serpent 25 took on water and capsized during fishing operations off Little Port Head on the west coast of Newfoundland. No distress call was made. The overturned vessel was sighted three hours later by a patrolling Department of ...