Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Translink Seabus: Beats, Meets or Fails Transport Canada and Canadian Coast Guard Standards?

Muster Stations  Transport Canada

Instruction upon departure, ..... is supposed to take place without any distractions eg. electronic wizardry, ear phones, cell phones, computers...   Every day thousands of Metro Vancouverites take the Seabus from the North Shore to Downtown and never has there been a moment of fear, which speaks well for Translink's safety record but what of the disaster scenarios.

Schools and Hospitals are required to have emergency evacuations, at least once a year.  Has the Seabus fleet tried? Passengers trying? Cyclists bikes blocking the life preservers under the seats at the bow and stern and the Children's life jacket lockers?

Should the 'Exit This Side' display be on during the whole crossing or only upon arriving?

The video instructions are all about How To properly don a life jacket.

Obviously the point of having Muster Stations is to ensure that the quickest means of egress from a vessel in distress is to save lives with a minimum of fuss.

There are NO lines drawn on the Seabus Vessels carpet indicating which is YOUR Muster Station.

Muster Station on Otter II
   Left side / Port side on Red Background

Muster Station on Otter II
  Right side / Starboard side on Green Background

For landlubbers: lump less letters together as opposed to more letters:
 Port/Left/Red    vs    Starboard/Right/Green

The one thing that is common to both are the trash cans blocking the Muster Station areas.  In a case of emergency where are the trash and recycling bins moved to?

Shouldn't the Muster Stations be clear of ALL obstacles at all times?

Which crew member has the duty to move them out of the way in an emergency?  Other than the daily news ..... newspapers being handed out before boarding in the morning, is there really a need for four garbage bins on board when there are more bins on the floating terminals, and are they subject to Canadian Coast Guard regulations along with Transport Canada regulations?
TransLink has 'Rules and Regulations' are for land base activities, but there's nothing published for the sea based activities.

  Sep 18 2009 - Rules and Regulations

Transport Canada   Minimum Standards   Safety 

Burrard Otter II

 We were asked to put these plastic booties on. I think it was so we wouldn’t puncture the raft.

The new SeaBus does a rescue exercise!

The Burrard Pacific Breeze enters the west dock on the north terminal.
The Burrard Pacific Breeze enters the west dock on the north terminal.
I got to participate in a rescue exercise with the new SeaBus yesterday morning!
SeaBus staff ran through its man overboard procedures, and ran a huge group of people through its emergency evacuation process. All the SeaBuses do these exercises every year! And we all were quite thankful for sunny weather yesterday, since we all had to sit in a rubber raft and get towed to shore.
The new SeaBus will hopefully be in service this December — it’s awaiting certification from Transport Canada, and this exercise was part of the federal tests.
Here’s some photos of the day, and a sneak peek of the new SeaBus interiors!

Everyone gets ready for the exercise.
Everyone gets ready for the exercise.
Staff from TransLink and CMBC volunteered for the exercise, and a big group of students from BCIT’s Marine Campus also joined in. Here we are meeting near one of the docks in the North Terminal.
A video of us boarding the new SeaBus! The seats are lovely!
The middle of the SeaBus.
The middle of the SeaBus.
The centre of the SeaBus features two long rows of seats now.
Plastic booties!
Plastic booties!
We were asked to put these plastic booties on. I think it was so we wouldn’t puncture the raft.
Near one end of the SeaBus.
Near one end of the SeaBus.
The seats at the front of the SeaBus. Notice the “Exit This Side” LED displays!
We sailed around in circles for a little while. An inspector from Transport Canada was on board, inspecting the engines and other things.

SeaBus's little friend!
One of the SeaBus folks explained that a small boat is kept on shore to help out when a SeaBus has any issues. For this exercise, the boat was following the new SeaBus, and it towed our life raft to shore when we all evacuated.
The man overboard exercise.
The man overboard exercise.
SeaBus staff performed a man overboard exercise. (Nobody actually went overboard, but they did run through the procedures.) The marine attendant was hooked to the SeaBus via an anchor in the doorway. I also saw blankets pulled out on board to warm up the person overboard once they were pulled in.
Life vests under the seats!
Life vests under the seats!
Then marine attendants guided us through the evacuation routine, and we all pulled out our life jackets from under the seats. They needed a bit of tugging but we got them out!

The reason for COMPASS cards..... missing body counts

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Catamaran two hulls
one punctured, flooding compartments, risks tipping over
or is it a doubled hulled like kinder morgan's oil tankers???
where is the nearest emergency response, kitsilano?