QUÉBEC, May 29, 2014 /CNW/ - In its investigation report (M12L0147), the
Transportation Safety Board of Canada found that fatigue and
ineffective communication between the pilot and bridge team contributed
to the grounding of the bulk carrier Tundra, near Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, Quebec in November 2012. There were no
injuries, but the vessel sustained minor damage.
On 28 November 2012, the Tundra departed Montreal, Quebec under the conduct of a pilot en route to
Halifax, Nova Scotia. A master-pilot exchange of vessel technical
information took place prior to departure, but passage plans for the
voyage were not discussed. That evening, the vessel passed a position
where a course alteration is required. However, no orders to change
course were given by the pilot. The vessel exited the navigation
channel and ran aground.
The investigation found that during the voyage, the pilot and bridge
team were not exchanging information regarding navigation and that the
bridge team was unaware of a planned course change. The vessel exited
the navigation channel and ran aground because the pilot did not make a
planned course change. Fatigue was also likely a factor for the pilot
at a critical time when the course change was required to maintain safe
Since the occurrence, the vessel owner reminded its bridge officers to
regularly verify and monitor their vessels' position when under the
conduct of a pilot. The Laurentian Pilotage Authority and the
Corporation des Pilotes du Saint-Laurent Central committed to studying
the risks related to fatigue. As well, they published a brochure for
pilots to enhance communications between pilots and ship masters.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline,
railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the
advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the
Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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