Marine transportation safety investigation M19P0057

Updated in June 2020: This investigation is in the report phase.

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Collision between two bulk carriers

Bulk carrier Caravos Harmony
Bulk carrier Pan Acacia
Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia

The occurrence

On 17 March 2019, the bulk carrier Caravos Harmony, with 21 people on board, was proceeding to Anchorage D in Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia, when it collided with the bulk carrier Pan Acacia, which was anchored at Anchorage A. The Caravos Harmony later anchored at Anchorage D under its own power with an escort assistance from the tug Seaspan Raven. Both vessels involved in the collision sustained major damage. No pollution or injuries were reported. The TSB is investigating.


Media materials

Deployment notice

2019-01-29

TSB deploys a team to Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia, following a collision between 2 vessels

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia, following the collision between the M.V. Caravos Harmony and the M.V. Pan Acacia. The occurrence took place on March 17, 2019 at approximately 00:20 local time. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.


Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Investigator-in-charge

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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Class of investigation

This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB 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.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail 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.

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