Marine investigation M16P0162

Collision with vessel and sinking

The occurrence

On 24 May 2016, the tug Albern, with 2 people on board, reported being struck by the tug C.T. Titan. The tug Albern subsequently sank in Northumberland Channel, British Columbia. The tug C.T. Titan recovered the 2 crewmembers of the tug Albern from the water. Approximately 800 litres of diesel fuel and 200 litres of hydraulic oil were reported to be on board of the tug Albern.

Map of the area


Photo of Zillur Rahman

Zillur Rahman began his career as an engineering cadet and currently holds a Transport Canada Class-1 (Motor) Certificate of Competency. In his 25 years of experience as an engineer, he has held several positions both sea-going and shore-based, with such companies and organizations as: Neptune Orient Lines (now American President Lines); Mediterranean Shipping Company; Barber Ship Management; and BC Ferries. His experience includes work with tankers, chemical tankers, bulk carriers, container ships, and roll-on-roll-off passenger ferries.


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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.

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Deployment notices

TSB deploys a team to Nanaimo, British Columbia, following a collision between two tug boats
Read the deployment notice