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Marine transportation safety investigation M17C0060

This investigation has been completed. The report was released on 18 April 2018.

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Mooring occurrence, bulk carrier Nord Quebec

Bulk carrier Nord Quebec
Trois-Rivières, Quebec

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The occurrence

On 22 May 2017, the second officer of the bulk carrier Nord Quebec sustained fatal injuries while the vessel was berthing at section No. 16 of the Port of Trois-Rivières, Quebec.

Safety communications


Media materials

News release


International action for safe mooring spurred by TSB investigation into 2017 fatal accident at the Port of Trois-Rivières, Quebec
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Animation - Mooring accident on board the bulk carrier Nord Quebec (M17C0060)

Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team to the Port of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, following a berthing occurrence
Québec, Quebec, 23 May 2017 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the Port of Trois-Rivières, Québec, following an accident involving the bulk carrier Nord Quebec. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of François Dumont

François Dumont has been an investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada since 2013. Before joining the TSB, Mr. Dumont sailed for 12 years in the merchant navy aboard bulk carriers, tankers, tugs, general cargo ships and icebreakers. He also was a Marine Safety Inspector with Transport Canada for 3 years. Mr. Dumont holds a diploma from the Institut Maritime du Québec in Marine Mechanical Engineering Techniques, a First Class Marine Engineer's Certificate for motor vessels, and a Fourth Class Marine Engineer's Certificate for steam vessels.


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Class of investigation

This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB 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.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.