Captain’s limited training and vessel’s quirks were contributing causes to allision

An allision between passenger/cargo roro Apollo (IMO 7006314) with the Quebec wharf on February 25th 2019 was partly caused by  the vessel’s propulsion and manoeuvring systems having many anomalies and partly by the ship’s captain needing more time to get acclimated to the functioning of the vessel, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada stated in a report released on November 1st. The captain’s limited training and experience in manoeuvring the newly acquired vessel led to an incorrect assessment of the ship’s speed and course, and of the effects of ice and wind when it approached the Godbout wharf.

On March 16th the ship allided with a wharf in Matane, Quebec, forcing the province’s ferry authority to remove it permanently from service. The two collisions, one of which left a large hole in the vessel’s bow, ended the sailing life of the ferry.

The ferry, which used to operate between Blanc Sablon, Que. and St Barbe, NL, was bought for $2.1m without inspection by the provincial Crown corporation that oversees ferry service in Quebec. The TSB concluded that it had been damaged before the two incidents.

1970-built, Canada-flagged, 6,609 gt Apollo is owned and managed by Quebec Traversiers of Quebec, Canada.