Marine investigation M14P0150


The occurrence

On 14 July 2014, the bulk carrier AMAKUSA ISLAND grounded south of Gull Rocks when the vessel departed Prince Rupert, BC. The vessel started taking on water. No pollution was reported. The TSB deployed a team of investigators.

Map of the area


Photo of Paulo Ekkebus

Paulo Ekkebus has been a Senior Investigator at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada since 2008.

Prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Ekkebus spent 4 years teaching at the British Columbia Institute of Technology's marine campus in Vancouver, the last 2 of which were as Chief Instructor of the nautical sciences and seamanship programs. He has 12 years' sailing experience in deck and engineering disciplines onboard a variety of vessels, culminating in the appointment as master. He has also worked in the private sector, developing and implementing safety management systems.

Mr. Ekkebus is a Certified Master Mariner and holds a Bachelor's degree from the De Ruyter Maritime Institute in the Netherlands.


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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.