Canadian Ship Sinking Blamed on Human Error


More lawsuits have recently been filed against the Canadian company B.C. Ferries over the March 22, 2006 sinking of the Queen of the North. The ship ran aground and then sank off the northern coast of British Columbia last year, and two passengers, still missing, have been presumed dead.

Lawrence and Nancy Papineau of Vancouver, British Columbia claim B.C. Ferries did not train the crew adequately, failed to supervise the crew on the bridge, and failed to keep a proper lookout.

According to emergency responders, the ship took approximately an hour to sink, giving passengers time to evacuate into lifeboats. The internal investigative report issued by B.C. Ferries concluded that the Queen of the North failed to make required course changes, and the ship traveled straight on an incorrect course for almost 15 minutes until its grounding on an island.

In late March 2007, B.C. Ferries released its final report on the sinking of the ship and blamed the accident on human error caused by three members, specifically the helmswoman, who was at the wheel of the ship and the ship’s second and fourth officers, who were in charge of navigation.