Marine news release 2010

TSB # M01/2010

TSB TO UNDERTAKE CANADIAN INVESTIGATION INTO SINKING OF SAILING VESSEL CONCORDIA OFF COAST OF BRAZIL ON FEBRUARY 17, 2010


(Gatineau, Quebec, March 3, 2010) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has decided to conduct a safety investigation (M10F0003) into the capsizing and sinking of the sailing vessel (SV) Concordia, which occurred on February 17, 2010, off the coast of Brazil.

The SV Concordia is registered as a sail-training yacht and operated as a "floating classroom." It is Canadian-owned and operated out of the port of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Sixty-four high school students and crew, including 43 Canadians, were aboard the ship when it capsized and sank for, as yet, undetermined reasons. Barbados, the flag state of the SV Concordia, has opened an investigation.

Since the accident, the TSB has gathered information, in accordance with its own procedures, in order to assess the occurrence. Having gathered enough information to complete its assessment, the TSB decided to conduct a parallel investigation into this accident independently of the Barbadian investigation. The TSB made the decision to investigate because the scope and methodology used to uncover causes and contributing factors will likely be different than that of the Barbados authority. Meanwhile, in accordance with the provisions of international conventions, the TSB remains committed to providing assistance to the Barbados authority as it proceeds with its investigation.

On February 17, 2010, at approximately 14:22 local time, the SV Concordia capsized and sank off the coast of Brazil; the 64 passengers and crew were rescued 40 hours later by a merchant ship and subsequently transferred to Brazilian Navy rescue helicopters.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation 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.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca