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Marine transportation safety investigation M22C0231

Updated in October 2022 : This investigation is in the report phase.

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Collision with dock

Passenger ferry Sam McBride
Toronto, Ontario

The occurrence

On , the passenger ferry Sam McBride reported to have struck a dock while berthing at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal in Toronto, Ontario. The ferry had approximately 910 passengers on board. Twenty who sustained injuries, including one with a serious injury. No major damage to the vessel or pollution was reported.

Media materials

Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team of investigators following a dock striking involving the ferry Sam McBride in Toronto, Ontario

Quebec, Quebec, 22 August 2022 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following Saturday’s dock striking involving the ferry Sam McBride in Toronto, Ontario. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Etienne Seguin-Bertrand joined the TSB in 2022 as a Senior Investigator. Mr. Séguin-Bertrand began his seagoing career in 2007 as a deck officer on Canadian flagged bulk carriers. Prior to joining the TSB, he gained considerable experience in the management of commercial shipping and port operations in Canada, especially in the Great Lakes and Canadian Arctic. Mr. Séguin-Bertrand holds a Chief Mate certificate of competency issued by Transport Canada, as well as a Bachelor of Maritime Studies and a Master of Maritime Management from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Class of investigation

This is a class 2 investigation. These investigations are complex and involve several safety issues requiring in-depth analysis. Class 2 investigations, which frequently result in recommendations, are generally completed within 600 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.