2010-03-26 Tug Boat Runs Aground

Safety Alert Type: 
Northern Interior Region-Nadina District-Bently Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Quadrant Towing
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

First mate on the wheel while the Captain was off watch below on his break. Tug was transiting the North Arm of the Fraser River at Bently Island slough entrance when he failed to keep the navigable channel and experienced a grounding of the tug with 35 sections of log tow behind him. In maneuvering the tug off the bottom and pulling the tow away from the beach, a bridle leg was sucked in to the wheel, causing significant damage. An assist tug was available to help pull the tow off the beach and prevent it from overtaking the tug. There were no reported injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.  Evaluate skill level of mate to determine readiness to navigate Fraser River on his own.

2.  Train mate in use of navigation equipment to keep to the navigation channel in the river.

3.  Train the mate in Emergency Response Procedures, the first being get Captain on the bridge immediately.

4.  Familiarize the mate with the navigable channel in the North Arm by thorough training by the experienced Captain about all aspects of navigating the river, and, do a competency evaluation before mate is allowed on wheel solo.

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