GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its report (M12L0095) into a marine
accident at the Port of Trois-Rivières, Quebec where the bulk carrier Common Spirit, manoeuvring under the conduct of a pilot, struck the dock causing
significant damage to the vessel and the dock.
On 29 July 2012, the Common Spirit struck the dock at section 16 in the Port of Trois-Rivières. The vessel
was being assisted by two local tugs at the time. Section 16 is
recognized as a challenging location for berthing by the Corporation
des pilotes du Saint-Laurent central, the corporation that provides
pilots under contract to the Laurentian Pilotage Authority. The
manoeuvre to berth a vessel alongside section 16 is challenging due to
the layout of the dock and the requirement for several actions to be
taken in sequence or simultaneously. These actions are coordinated by
the pilot and involve several personnel. The length and width of the Common Spirit added to the complexity, given the limited manoeuvring space between
sections 14 and 16. The TSB investigation found that the following
factors contributed to the striking: the timing of the order to let go
the anchor, the speed of the vessel's approach, the uncoordinated use
of tugs, the continuation of the manoeuvre, and the pilot's experience.
The Board is concerned that, without standardized and documented
assessments of on-board performance, there is a risk that apprentice
pilots may be issued a pilot license without the necessary skills and
expertise. Furthermore, if periodic, standardized and documented
proficiency assessments are not carried out, the Board is concerned
that licenced pilots may not maintain the skills and expertise
necessary to safely conduct pilotage.
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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