The Transportation Safety Board of Canada Releases Final Investigation Report into the April 2007 Grounding of the Chemical/Products Tanker Sichem Aneline in Montréal, Quebec

    GATINEAU, QC, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its final investigation report (M07L0040) into the
April 11, 2007 grounding of the chemical/products tanker Sichem Aneline in
Montréal, Quebec.
    The investigation found that an electrical anomaly in the steering gear
control system circuitry likely caused a rudder malfunction and allowed the
vessel to leave the channel and ground.
    The TSB has also identified the lack of a continuous lifetime maintenance
and failure record as a safety risk in this report. The lack of a continuous
lifetime maintenance and failure record on vessels may preclude proper
maintenance and trend analysis, thus increasing the risk of machinery failure.
This is not the first instance where this safety issue has been identified by
the TSB (Report M00L0034 - Millenium Yama). Therefore, the Board recommends

    The Department of Transport advocate at the International Maritime
    Organization (IMO) effective measures to ensure that maintenance and
    failure records remain on board throughout a vessel's life.


    On April 11, 2007, the chemical/products tanker Sichem Aneline, loaded
with benzene, experienced a steering gear malfunction and grounded on the
south side of the Pointe-aux-Trembles anchorage in the St. Lawrence River. The
vessel was refloated on April 15 and towed to the Port of Montréal. There were
no injuries or pollution and the vessel sustained only minor damage.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: To arrange a telephone interview, please call:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Media Relations, (819) 994-8053

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