April 6: TSB Report on Flooding of Fishing Vessel Released


The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its investigation report on the flooding of the fishing vessel Saputi after it struck a piece of ice while fishing in Davis Strait, Nunavut. After pumping operations failed to keep up with the ingress of water, the cargo hold was sealed, and it subsequently flooded. The vessel was able to make it to port and no one was injured. The report highlights the risks when large fishing vessels aren’t designed to withstand the flooding of a main compartment and crews don’t have access to a damage control plan.