Ferry sinks off of BC's Queen Charlotte Islands


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rebecca heggs

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Must have been scary.i heard a lot about in since I live in BC.There has been so much talk about it and people saying they weren't safe enough.
 
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From The Times Colonist:

Refit to be tied: a ferry's troubles
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Northern Adventure lives up to its name as 'issues' surface
Cindy E. Harnett, Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, April 28, 2007
Northern Adventure is turning out to be a fitting name for a ferry that, just 39 days after $18 million in refits to replace the sunken Queen of the North, will be high and dry again in May for more repairs.

"Some issues cropped up," said Deborah Marshall, B.C. Ferries' spokeswoman.

The route will be served by the Queen of Prince Rupert in the interim.

Northern Adventure's "issues" include a faulty electrical panel, a malfunctioning alarm system, non-functioning elevators and escalators, and toilets that "are not overflowing they're just not flowing as effectively as possible," Marshall said.

There's also grey water backing up, rainwater flooding outside decks, water seeping into the ventilation system, a new radar system from Germany has to be installed and a rail on the cradle for one of four supplementary lifeboats needs repair. Transport Canada will have to approve the new radar system.
Story at http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=3760de49-583a-47d2-9d10-09d08ed66332&k=47319

Comment: If you're going to replace a sunken ferry, wouldn't it be a good idea to make sure the replacement is seaworthy, especially after a refit?
 
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From The Ottowa Citizen.com:

Replacement ship for sunken B.C. ferry dedicated in Vancouver
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The queen is dead, but her spirit lives on.

Almost a year after the B.C. Ferries flagship Queen of the North struck an island and sank in northern coastal waters, a replacement vessel was dedicated in Vancouver on Saturday.

The Northern Adventure - formerly the MV Sonia - is due to enter service on the province's two northern ferry routes in early April.

The ship was rechristened by Lt.-Gov. Iona Campagnolo.

She paid tribute to the crew and also to the people of Hartley Bay who rescued the 99 passengers and crew who fled the sinking Queen of the North when it sank last March 22.

"It is my happy duty to join you today to wish all who sail aboard the Northern Adventure from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert at first, and later from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii, Godspeed. Bravo Zulu," said Campagnolo, who began her political career in Prince Rupert.
For the rest of this two page article, go to http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=a404a710-bbb2-42cb-9333-1e1b920fe140
 
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From The Vancouver Sun:

Ferry won't be raised to empty its fuel tanks
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VICTORIA - BC Ferries won't lift the Queen of the North, resting 400 metres below in Wright Sound, claiming it's too risky and there's likely little fuel left on board.

"It makes no sense to raise the vessel from its depths," BC Ferries' spokesman Mark Stefanson said late Thursday. "It will probably never be known how much, if any, diesel fuel is left on the vessel."

The capacity of the ferry's tanks is 220,000 litres of diesel plus 20,000 litres of light oil and 220 litres of hydraulic oil. There were also 16 vehicles aboard when it rammed into Gil Island in March 2006. The ferry sank near Hartley Bay, home to about 180 Gitga'at first nations.
Story at http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=264a0f9b-995d-4910-bdc9-1f93f1dbd00a
 
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From Canada.com:

Ferry-sinking claims too diverse for class-action suit: B.C. Ferries lawyer
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VANCOUVER - A lawyer for B.C. Ferries says a lawsuit over last year's Queen of the North sinking should not be certified as a class action, arguing the surviving passengers' experiences are too diverse.

"This is clearly a class action searching for common issues," Gary Wharton told B.C. Supreme Court Justice David Tysoe at the certification hearing Tuesday.

Tysoe has to decide whether ferry passenger Maria Kotai can be the representative plaintiff for 53 passengers who escaped the Queen of the North after it ran aground and sank on a rainy night in March 2006.
Story at http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=2f5c14e9-b1dd-4cf9-abae-9675760975f8&k=71011
 
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Real Pirates indeed. First the passengers survive the sinking and now they got to survive the courtroom shenanigans. Figures the ferry's company would try and wheedle out of paying them. Limited Liability indeed. Survivors experiences from the sinking are too diverse. Of course they are. Have to wait and see how this one plays out.
 
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From The Maritime Global Net:

FERRY CREW “SMOKING CANNABIS”
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CANADA'S Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has issued a “Board Concern” about cannabis use aboard ferries to vessel operator BC Ferries as part of its ongoing investigation into the sinking of the Queen of the North on 22 March this year with the loss of two lives.
For the rest, go to http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystorydetails.cfm?storyid=8186&type=2
 

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The Transportation Safety Board released it's report yesterday, on the sinking. The board found several causes and contributing factors that led to the sinking, such as:

"The fourth officer (4/O) did not order the required course change at the Sainty Point waypoint."

"For the 14 minutes after the missed course change, the 4/O did not adhere to sound watchkeeping practices and failed to detect the vessel's improper course."

"When the 4/O became aware that the vessel was off course, the action taken was too little too late to prevent the vessel from striking Gil Island."

"The navigation equipment was not set up to take full advantage of the available safety features and was therefore ineffective in providing a warning of the developing dangerous situation."

"The working environment on the bridge of the Queen of the North was less than formal, and the accepted principles of navigation safety were not consistently or rigorously applied. Unsafe navigation practices persisted which, in this occurrence, contributed to the loss of situational awareness by the bridge team."

This will not be the last word however. The children of the two missing passengers, whose bodies were never recovered have launched a lawsuit. Other passengers have filed a class action suit, which means the sinking and the questions still surrounding it will remain in the courts for many months.

For the rest, go to http://www.tsb.gc.ca/en/reports/marine/2006/m06w0052/m06w0052.asp
 
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>>The children of the two missing passengers, whose bodies were never recovered have launched a lawsuit. <<

Understandable. I would too. With a report like this on the official record, the smart money is that the plaintiffs will win. I just hope that they don't really believe that the litigation will only go on for only a few months. Historically, it doesn't work that way.
 

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Aw Jason, you left out the juiciest quotes! The only people on the bridge during the missed turn and up to the collision were the 4/0 and a lady QM1. Section 1.15:

“the 4/O and QM1 had a recurrent relationship that was brought to an end two weeks before the accident”
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“This was their first shift alone on watch together since the end of the relationship”

After the lawyers get through with this you could sell it to Hollywood for a soap opera. How about “As The Binnacle Turns”?

Bill
 

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I just hope that they don't really believe that the litigation will only go on for only a few months.

Yes, hopefully not, Mike. It could take years, before it is all sorted out in the courts.

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Aw Jason, you left out the juiciest quotes!

So I did, Bill. Yep, you could sell it to Hollywood to be turned into a movie. That's a perfect title!
 
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>>How about “As The Binnacle Turns”?<<

And perhaps something else was turning, but I refuse to go there!
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>>It could take years, before it is all sorted out in the courts.<<

Just look at the fun with the Exxon Valdez fiasco. 20+ years later and it's still going on.
 
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From The Professional Mariner:

NTSB urges maritime academies to teach Empress casualty case
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On Feb. 3, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a safety recommendation resulting from the Empress of the North grounding in 2007. The following is an excerpt from the NTSB's investigative report:
More along with a link to the NTSB report at http://www.professionalmariner.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=news&mod=News&mid=9A02E3B96F2A415ABC72CB5F516B4C10&tier=3&nid=C7C6A09C0F224C758CCD2D56 654BD0C8
 
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