Marine investigation M16P0062


The occurrence

On 02 March 2016, the tug H.M. Scout lost its tow when the tow line parted 0.4 nautical miles south of Victoria, British Columbia. The barges H.M. Tacoma and H.M. Blue Horizon, subsequently went aground on the south coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The broken tow line fouled the tug’s propeller and the tug returned to Victoria at slow speed. There were no reported injuries or pollution.

Map of the area


Photo of Ramanbir Mangat

Ramanbir Mangat started his career as a cadet with Stolt Tankers and has held several positions with them, both seagoing and shore based. He has over 25 years of experience in the shipping industry that encompasses work with oil and chemical tankers in commercial operations, technical ship management, environmental management systems, and ship vetting.

Ramanbir received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Middlesex University in London, England, a Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science from Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton, and a Certificate in Project Management from University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He holds a certificate of competency as Master Mariner from Canada and the U.K.


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Transportation Safety Board 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.



Marine Investigation Report M16P0062
Grounding of barges
Tug H.M. Scout towing barges HM Blue Horizon
and HM Tacoma
Victoria, British Columbia
02 March 2016


News release

Poor risk management led to March 2016 grounding of two barges near Victoria, British Columbia
Read the news release

Deployment notices

TSB deploys a team to Victoria, British Columbia, following grounding of two barges under tow
Read the deployment notice