Report Calling for Risk Reduction for Canadian Arctic Vessels After Ship Grounding

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is calling for mandatory risk mitigation measures for vessels operating in the Canadian Arctic after a passenger ship ran aground nearly three years ago.

The ship Academymik Ioffe landed in western Gulf of Boothia near Kugaaruk, Nunavut, with 102 passengers and 61 crew members in August 2018.

The Coast Guard, along with the Canadian Army, evacuated all passengers and the ship caused serious damage to the hull.

In addition, 81 liters of fuel oil spilled into the sea.

According to a report released Friday by the Safety Commission, the boat passed through parts of the Canadian Arctic Circle, which was not mapped to modern standards and had no crew.

The vessel then entered the shallows, sailed for more than four minutes, and then landed because the low water level warning system was turned off.

The Board also states that the safe operation of the vessel did not meet international standards and that there were no emergency procedures for the vessel being grounded.

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