BC Ferries crew to blame for 2011 crash at Duke Point terminal

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BC Ferries crew to blame for 2011 crash at Duke Point terminal

 
BC Ferries vessel pulls into Horseshoe Bay.
BC Ferries vessel pulls into Horseshoe Bay.
Photo Credit: Arlen Redekop , PNG

The Transportation Safety Board says the crew is to blame for a December 2011 accident where a vessel slammed into the Duke Point ferry terminal, near Nanaimo.

The TSB says there were a number of contributing factors to the accident, including “a lack of adherence to procedures and familiarity with the operation of the propulsion system by the bridge team in an emergency.”

Crew and passengers suffered minor injuries in the accident, which cost the ferry corporation $2.6 million in repairs to the terminal and the ferry.

The ferry was out of service for 23 days, while the terminal was out of commission for 122 days.

The TSB says that since the accident, BC Ferries has made a number of changes to their propulsion control system and there is a contingency plan in place in case of system failure.