Re­port Re­leased in Amer­i­can Dy­nasty-HMCS Win­nipeg Col­li­sion

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The Trans­porta­tion Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has re­leased its in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port into the ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing the Amer­i­can fish­ing ves­sel Amer­i­can Dy­nasty that struck the

HMCS Win­nipeg in Esquimalt, Bri­tish Columbia.

At 0818 Pa­cific Day­light Time on 23 April 2013, the Amer­i­can fish­ing ves­sel Amer­i­can Dy­nasty ex­pe­ri­enced a com­plete loss of elec­tri­cal power (black­out) while ap­proach­ing the grav­ing dock in Esquimalt, B.C. The ves­sel was un­der the con­duct of a dock­ing pi­lot and was be­ing as­sisted by 2 tugs at the time. Fol­low­ing the black­out, the Amer­i­can Dy­nasty gained speed to an es­ti­mated 5 knots, veered to star­board, and struck the port side of the HMCS Win­nipeg, berthed at CFB Esquimalt. There was ex­ten­sive dam­age to both ves­sels and 6 ship­yard work­ers on the HMCS Win­nipeg sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

The ex­act rea­son for the black­out and cause of the ves­sel’s turn to star­board could not be de­ter­mined. How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion did de­ter­mine that fol­low­ing the black­out, the emer­gency gen­er­a­tor did not start au­to­mat­i­cally be­cause the se­lec­tor switch was set to the “OFF” po­si­tion. The chief en­gi­neer’s at­tempts to re­store elec­tri­cal power were un­suc­cess­ful, and the aux­il­iary gen­er­a­tor en­gine shut down shortly af­ter. Elec­tri­cal power could not be re­stored in a timely man­ner. Fur­ther­more, the bridge did not make con­tact with the en­gine room af­ter the black­out and, as a re­sult, in the limited time avail­able, the chief en­gi­neer was un­aware of the need to take ur­gent ac­tion to avoid the strik­ing.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that, with­out pro­ce­dures and com­pre­hen­sive emer­gency drills, crews may not be pro­fi­cient in tak­ing mit­i­gat­ing ac­tion dur­ing an emer­gency. Ef­fec­tive man­age­ment of safety re­quires in­di­vid­u­als at all lev­els of an or­ga­ni­za­tion to iden­tify and man­age risks. In this oc­cur­rence, there were in­di­ca­tions that as­pects of safety as­so­ci­ated with emer­gency pre­pared­ness and crew fa­mil­iar­iza­tion were not man­aged ef­fec­tively.

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