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Richmond, British Columbia, 30 June 2016 – In its investigation report (R15V0003) into the January 2015 Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) derailment near Stoney Creek, British Columbia, released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) concluded that not following marshalling rules appropriate to the route contributed to the occurrence. There were no injuries and no dangerous goods were involved.
On 13 January 2015, a CP freight train travelling westward on the north main track of the Mountain Subdivision derailed 6 empty platforms near Stoney Creek, British Columbia. The derailment occurred on the Stoney Creek Bridge at Mile 76.7. The investigation determined that the six empty platforms from two intermodal flat cars derailed when the train was proceeding under high power in an 8.75 degree curve while ascending a 2.2% grade.
The train had been re-routed due to impending train delays and congestion on the adjacent track. Believing that the revised routing was operationally acceptable, the train crew did not completely re-verify the train for all applicable marshalling conditions, despite marshalling violations identified by Train Area Marshalling (TrAM), CP’s computerized train marshalling tool. Further, the investigation determined that there were no specific instructions for re-verifying a train for TrAM violations before it is re-routed. In addition, the director of rail traffic control was in a fatigued state at the time the decision was made to re-route the train; however, it could not be determined whether fatigue played a role in the director not verifying that the train was TrAM compliant.
Following the occurrence, CP made changes to its rail equipment scanner system to provide TrAM violation alerts when a train marshalling restriction is identified after a train passes the scanner. The railway company also made changes to the roles and responsibilities of the rail traffic controller with respect to TrAM. CP’s General Operating Instructions were also updated.
Québec, Quebec, 28 June 2016 – In its investigation report (M15C0028) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that delays in responding after the vessel dragged anchor due to contact with an ice floe contributed to the April 2015 grounding of the bulk carrier CWB Marquis near Beauharnois, Quebec. There were no injuries or pollution, but the vessel sustained minor damage.
On 03 April 2015, the CWB Marquis was anchored for the night at the Pointe Fortier anchorage area, below the Lower Beauharnois lock, on the St. Lawrence Seaway when it was struck by an ice floe. The ice floe pushed the vessel out of the anchorage area and caused it to go aground. The vessel was refloated later that day with the assistance of two tugs.
The investigation determined that although the anchorage area itself was free of ice, most of the surrounding water was covered with fast ice—which is ice attached to the coastline or sea floor. As the wind increased during the night, an ice floe broke free and drifted into the anchorage area where four vessels, including the CWB Marquis, were anchored. One of the other vessels was struck by an ice floe, but it was able to promptly raise anchor; however it did not report this event. As an ice floe later came into contact with the CWB Marquis, it pushed against the anchored vessel, preventing the anchor from being raised immediately. The investigation found that a delay in crew response when the vessel began dragging anchor, combined with the time it took to raise anchor, resulted in the ship going aground outside the anchorage area.
Before the opening of the Seaway on 02 April, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) was responsible for the development of a vessel traffic management plan for the four vessels scheduled to enter the Seaway. Although the plan deemed it necessary to stop the four vessels in the Pointe Fortier anchorage area, the investigation determined there were shortcomings in the plan and operations; some factors included: fast ice remained in the surrounding waters; forecasted increased winds were not taken into account; and the assisting icebreaker was directed to spend the night above the Beauharnois locks away from the four vessels.
Following the occurrence, the Algoma Central Corporation, the vessel's management company, advised the SLSMC that its vessels would secure at available lock approach walls rather than anchoring in the presence of ice. Further, the corporation amended its safety management system with respect to anchoring in the presence of ice. For its part, the SLSMC added the Canadian Coast Guard manual Ice Navigation in Canadian Waters to its winter process toolkit.
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