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Tall Ship Stability

Friday 7 October 2011
Canada's Transportation Safety Board has published their final report into their investigation of the loss of the sail training vessel Concordia. The report makes it clear that the watchkeeper was unaware that an approaching squall could cause the tall ship to sink. As a result changes were not made to the vessel's sail plan or heading to protect the vessel from foundering.

Canada requires such vessels to carry stability guidance information but the watchkeeper was unaware of the contents of the guidance.

It is sad that there is no requirement for the watchkeeper to be assessed on their knowledge of the stability of the type of ship they are operating on when the 64 people aboard the ship are relying on them to avoid such a disaster.

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