Marine investigation M16C0005

Grounding

The occurrence

On 22 January 2016, the container vessel MSC MONICA ran aground 1 nautical mile NNE of Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent, Quebec. The vessel was refloated the following day, with the assistance of three tugs, and escorted to Québec City, Quebec, to undergo the necessary inspections. No injuries or pollution were reported but the vessel sustained minor damage to the hull and the propeller sustained major damage.

Map of the area

Investigator-in-charge

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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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
 
2016-01-22

TSB deploys a team to the grounding of a container ship near Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Read the deployment notice