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April 24 B.C. Ferries sends formal termination letters to three bridge crew.

Oct. 17 TSB issues safety concern notice regarding use of marijuana by crew on Queen of the North.


Feb. 6 B.C. Ferries initiates drug and alcohol policy, including mandatory drug and alcohol testing as part of an investigation into a major incident.

March 12 Final TSB report is released.

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Some B.C. Ferries accidents

Jan. 9, 2007 MV Quinsam loading traffic from Nanaimo to Gabriola Island unexpectedly pulls away from its berth, sending a pickup truck into the water. Ferry workers warn the truck's lone occupant in time for him to escape.

March 22, 2006 Queen of the North, en route from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, fails to make crucial course change and strikes Gil Island, sinking an hour later. Two passengers go down with the ship and 99 passengers and crew escape.

June 30, 2005 Queen of Oak Bay loses power as it enters the Horseshoe Bay terminal at West Vancouver, slams into nearby marina and crushes 22 boats. No one is hurt in the accident which is blamed on a missing cotter pin.

May 12, 2003 Queen of Surrey was disabled by an engine room fire, with several crew members suffering minor injuries but none of the 318 passengers are hurt.

Sept. 14, 2000 Spirit of Vancouver Island hits 10-metre power boat outside Swartz Bay ferry terminal near Victoria, killing two aboard the boat.

November 7, 1995 Mayne Queen crashes into a private marina on Bowen Island, damaging several moored boats. Blame is placed on mechanical or human error in transferring control between two consoles as the ferry left the dock.

August 13, 1992 Two people are killed at Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo, B.C., when the Queen of New Westminster leaves the ferry terminal as a van still driving across a ramp to the upper deck plunges 15 metres into the water.

March 12, 1992 B.C. Ferries vessel en route to Nanaimo slams into Japanese coal freighter Shinwa Maru after leaving Tsawwassen ferry terminal south of Vancouver. Seventeen ferry passengers are injured.

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