A Transportation Safety Board report says the grounding of a cargo ship near Prince Rupert last year was partly due to unfamiliarity of the route.
The bulk carrier Amakusa Island ran aground on a charted shoal July14th while it was approaching anchorage about 11 nautical miles southwest of Prince Rupert.
The investigation revealed that neither the master nor the pilot had previously been to the anchorage site.
The shoal, which was too shallow for the vessel, was not detected by the bridge team while it was planning the route.
The TSB also found that the pilot’s portable pilotage unit was not configured with all the available route planning and monitoring features to help locate hazards.
While the grounding didn’t cause any injuries or pollution, the vessel did suffer damage to its hull.
Since the incident, the Canadian Hydrographic Service updated the chart for the area. An agreement was reached between British Columbia Coast Pilots Ltd. and the Pacific Pilotage Authority to require pilots to undergo mandatory assessments at least once every 5 years.