Misinterpretation of navigational information led to 2019 grounding of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue vessel

first_imgMisinterpretation of navigational information led to 2019 grounding of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue vessel From: Transportation Safety Board of CanadaRichmond, British Columbia, 14 January 2021 – In its investigation report (M19P0029) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a misinterpretation of navigational information led to the grounding of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) vessel Spirit of Sooke near Sooke, British Columbia.On 7 February 2019, at approximately 2000 PST, the Spirit of Sooke, a rigid hull inflatable jet boat departed RCMSAR Station 37 in Sooke, B.C., with a coxswain in charge, one crew member and two new crew members on board. The boat was heading to the fueling station in the Sooke Basin, using the trip as an opportunity for training the new crew members in navigation and communications procedures.The crew started the return trip to Station 37 at approximately 2115, with the crew member at the helm and the coxswain navigating. The new crew members were assigned to maintain lookout based on their experience level. As the vessel approached Christie Point, the coxswain monitored the radar display and instructed the crew member at the helm to make a course alteration. Seconds later, the coxswain urgently shouted the same course change. Almost immediately, at approximately 2134, the Spirit of Sooke ran into shoreline rocks on Christie Point at a speed of about 27 knots. The vessel launched into the air and hit the ground stern first before sliding along the shore for approximately 25 metres and coming to rest on its starboard side, resulting in the crew members being thrown around the cabin in a violent manner and causing serious injuries.The investigation found that on the return trip, the RCMSAR crew relaxed their adherence to operational guidance for navigation, resulting in informal helm orders and crew members not using closed-loop communication. As the vessel approached Christie Point, the coxswain’s interpretation of the radar screen showed the boat was on a good course to clear the point. However, because a plotted route and effective cross-checking of the vessel’s position were not done, the likelihood of detecting that the vessel’s course was not clear of Christie Point was reduced. Additionally, there was no experienced crew member available to actively monitor the vessel’s position and detect navigation errors. Once the impending grounding was detected, there was insufficient time to respond and avoid it, given the vessel’s high speed.The investigation also established that if organizational guidance is not sufficiently detailed to assist crews in determining safe speed, there is a risk that the speed selected may not be appropriate for prevailing conditions. Further, if risk assessment guidance does not prompt consideration of hazards and/or the risk assessment process is not monitored to ensure consistent application, there is a risk that hazards will go unidentified and/or risks will be assessed inaccurately. As well, if external safety oversight of volunteer SAR operations is not adequate, there is a risk that safety gaps will be missed and essential guidance to maintain and improve operational safety will not be provided.Immediately following the occurrence, operations at RCMSAR Station 37 ceased and a return-to-operations plan was initiated. Refresher training sessions for coxswains were held including an evaluation of skills, review of leadership and decision making, presentations on situational awareness and positive control, and two on-the-water training sessions with a focus on navigational communications, emergency procedures, and electronic navigation. All coxswains at Station 37 completed the refresher training and the station returned to operations.See the investigation page /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:boat, British, Canada, communications, crew, Emergency, Government, investigation, leadership, radar, rescue, risk assessment, Safety, screenlast_img read more