Marine investigation M17A0039

Main engine breakdown

The occurrence

On 15 March 2017, the fishing vessel Atlantic Destiny, with 31 people on board, sustained a major main engine breakdown, 200 nautical miles southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The vessel sustained significant damage to the engine, shaft alternators, and machinery spaces. No injuries or pollution resulted from this occurrence. The TSB is investigating.

Map of the area

Investigator-in-charge

Photo ofLuc Charbonneau

Luc Charbonneau has been a senior marine investigator at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) since 2010.

Prior to joining the TSB, M Charbonneau worked at Transport Canada, Marine safety, as Canadian vessel inspector, port state control inspector, pollution prevention officer and examiner in the Quebec region.

He has 20 years sailing experience on several types of foreign going ships and coastal trading vessels. He holds a certificate of first class marine engineering.

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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.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.


Media

Deployment notices
 
2017-03-17

TSB deploys a team to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, following accident aboard the fishing vessel Atlantic Destiny
Read the deployment notice