Marine investigation M12N0017
Striking, Beaumont Hamel ferry
On 30 May 2012, at 1000L, the passenger commuter ferry, MV Beaumont Hamel, struck the Portugal Cove wharf in Newfoundland when the main propulsion was lost following a black-out. The bow door visor was punctured, resulting in a 1.5 m crack along the centreline. There were minor injuries but no pollution. The vessel was returned to the Bell Island service on 20 July 2012, following an electrical overhaul in St. John's.
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Captain Wendy Jolliffe has been a senior marine investigator at the Transportation Safety Board since 2008. Previously, she held various positions in the Canadian Coast Guard, including work as a navigation officer in the high Arctic, on buoy tenders, on fisheries enforcement vessels, and during search and rescue operations. Captain Jolliffe is a Canadian Coast Guard College graduate and a Master Mariner.
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