GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (M11W0091) into
the 28 June 2011 striking of a bridge by a barge on the Fraser River,
in British Columbia.
While under tow of the tug F.W. Wright, the loaded gravel barge Empire 40 struck the Queensborough Railway Bridge on the Fraser River. The bridge
centre swing span and protection pier sustained extensive damage. This
resulted in the bridge being inoperable for a period of 2 months after
the striking, causing major disruptions to railway and river traffic.
The investigation determined that the crew was fatigued and that they
had underestimated the additional effect of the spring runoff on the
current as the barge approached the bridge. This resulted in the barge
striking the bridge. No one was injured, and there was no pollution as
a result of this occurrence.
Furthermore, the investigation identified once again that, in the
absence of a safety management system (SMS) for small commercial
vessels, there is an increased probability that risks will remain
unidentified and that vessels will be operated in an unsafe manner.
Implemented properly, an SMS allows marine operators to identify
hazards, manage risks, as well as develop and follow effective safety
processes. For years, the TSB has been calling on Transport Canada to
require all commercial vessels to have an SMS.
Marine safety management systems were identified as an issue on the
TSB's Watchlist. The Watchlist is a list of issues the TSB has determined to pose the
most serious risk to Canada's transportation system.
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.
The TSB is online at www.bst-tsb.gc.ca. Keep up to date on the latest from the TSB through RSS, Twitter (@TSBCanada), YouTube and Flickr
SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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