Marine investigation M16P0241

Fire and abandonment

The occurrence

On 11 July 2016, the tug Ken Mackenzie, with two people on board, reported a fire in the engine room while transiting the Fraser River, British Columbia. The two crew members abandoned the vessel onto the tug Harken No. 5. The fire was extinguished with the assistance of vessels in the vicinity. No injuries or pollution were reported. The tug sustained damage.

Map of the area

Investigator-in-charge

Photo of Clinton Rebeiro

Clinton Rebeiro started his career as a Deck Officer and currently holds a Transport Canada Master Mariner Certificate of Competency. In his 25 years of experience in the marine industry, Mr. Rebeiro has worked in several positions, both sea-going and shore bases, with ExxonMobil, Shell, and BC Ferries. His experience includes working with tankers, LNG carriers, and Ro-Ro passenger ferries, as well as piloting, commercial operations and ship vetting.

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Transportation Safety Board investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

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Media

Deployment notices
 
2016-07-12

TSB deploys a team of investigators to Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, to an occurrence involving the tug Ken Mackenzie
Read the deployment notice