Search and Rescue
Ferry accidents in B.C.
Last Updated June 6, 2006
June 5, 2006
Human error is cited by Transportation Safety Board officials in connection with the Queen of the North sinking on March 22, 2006. In a letter sent to B.C. Ferries, the board says some crew members on the bridge of the ship felt they did not have enough training to work with the new steering and navigational equipment - specifically, the newly installed auto-pilot system.
David Hahn, president and CEO of B.C. Ferries says the company has since introduced a new form for all officers to sign, stating they are comfortable and familiar with the equipment.
March 27, 2006
Miniature submarines are sent to survey the sunken ferry Queen of the North. The submarines detect no sign of two passengers who have been missing since the ferry went down.
Images taken by the mini-subs show the ferry to be in one piece. Transportation Safety Board officials say mechanical problems didn't cause the sinking. BC Ferries CEO David Hahn says the Queen of the North is equipped with a global positioning system, an automatic pilot, three radar systems and electronic charting, yet the vessel was off course when it hit a rock.
March 22, 2006
Ninety-nine passengers and crew are rescued after the Queen of the North hits a rock and sinks off the northern coast of British Columbia.
June 30, 2005
The Queen of Oak Bay loses power as it enters the Horseshoe Bay terminal at West Vancouver and slams into a nearby marina, crushing 22 boats. There are no injuries.
Sept. 14, 2000
The Spirit of Vancouver Island is in collision with a 10-metre powerboat outside the Swartz Bay ferry terminal near Victoria. Two people on the powerboat are killed.
Feb. 6, 2000
The Royal Vancouver, a high-speed catamaran passenger ferry, collides with BC Ferries' Queen of Saanich in early morning fog in Active Pass. About 23 Royal Vancouver passengers are injured. An inquiry blames the catamaran for not tracking the Queen of Saanich on radar.
Nov. 7, 1995
Mayne Queen crashes into a private marina on Bowen Island near Vancouver, damaging several moored boats. Investigators say mechanical or human error in transferring control between two consoles as the ferry leaves the dock may have caused the crash.
Aug. 13, 1992
Two people are killed at the Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo when the Queen of New Westminster moves away from the terminal just as a van drives across the ramp leading to the ship's upper deck and plunges 15 metres into the water.
March 12, 1992
Shortly after leaving the Tsawwassen ferry terminal south of Vancouver, a BC Ferries vessel en route to Nanaimo is in collision with the Japanese coal freighter Shinwa Maru. Seventeen ferry passengers are injured.
The Queen of Cowichan runs over a pleasure boat near Horseshoe Bay terminal in West Vancouver, killing three people.