Marine investigation M17C0179

Bottom contact, passenger vessel Island Queen III

The occurrence

On 08 August 2017, the passenger vessel Island Queen III, with 274 passengers on board, struck the bottom near Whisky Island off Kingston, Ontario, and sustained water ingress in a stern compartment. The vessel returned to Kingston, Ontario for inspection and repairs. No injuries or pollution were reported. The TSB is investigating.

Map of the area


After he graduated in nautical sciences from the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) College, Mr. Jacques Kéroack worked 11 years for the CCG as a deck officer and then as a master on a buoy tender. Mr. Kéroack also worked as a fishery at-sea observer, and in the rail and airport sectors.

In addition to being a certified ship's master, Mr. Kéroack worked in the information technology field for 15 years and as a technical writer for 8 years. He was trained as a Programmer Analyst and obtained a Professional Writer Certification from the Laval University (Université Laval), where he also studied philosophy.


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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 of investigators following the grounding of a passenger vessel near Fort Henry, Kingston, Ontario
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