B.C. ferry crash in 2011 blamed on fuel injector, poor communications

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — The ferry Queen of Coquitlam went out of control and struck its dock at Nanaimo as a result of an engine problem that was exacerbated by a miscommunication between the captain and the engineer, the Vancouver Sun reported. The Transportation Safety Board's investigative report said one engine shut down due to a fuel injector problem. Then the engineer may have misunderstood the captain's command and put a clutch on the ship's bow propeller, leaving the captain with no way to control the vessel.

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By Professional Mariner Staff