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Marine transportation safety investigation M19C0043

The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 1 November 2019.

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Striking of a wharf

Roll-on/roll-off passenger ferry Apollo
Godbout, Quebec

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The occurrence

On , the roll-on roll-off passenger ferry Apollo struck the dock while berthing in Godbout, Quebec. The vessel sustained damage to its hull.

No injuries and no pollution were reported.

Media materials

News release


Investigation report: Striking of a wharf
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Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team following a docking incident in Godbout, Quebec

Québec, Quebec, 26 February 2019 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following an incident where the passenger ferry Apollo struck a dock yesterday in Godbout, Quebec. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


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Antonin Marcoux joined the TSB as an investigator with the Central region of the Marine branch in 2018. Before joining the TSB, Antonin was a Marine Safety Inspector with Transport Canada for 22 years. He also worked for the MIL Davie shipyards, Verreault Navigation, the Matane shipyards, and for the naval architecture consulting firm Navtech Inc. Mr. Marcoux has a diploma in naval architecture technology from the Institut maritime du Québec and a bachelor of engineering with honours in naval architecture and offshore engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Class of investigation

This is a class 4 investigation. These investigations are limited in scope, and while the final reports may contain limited analysis, they do not contain findings or recommendations. Class 4 investigations are generally completed within 220 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB 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.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.