British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.: Charting a Safe Course
The case evaluates the approach of BC Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries), a public marine transportation organization, to health, safety and environmental protection (HSE). With 35 vessels that provide year-round passenger and vehicle services to 47 West Coast terminals, BC Ferries is based in Victoria, British Columbia. On March 22, 2006, one of BC Ferries' vessels, the Queen of the North, struck Gil Island, killing two passengers and causing irreversible damage to sensitive coastal marine areas. On May 13, 2013, the navigation officer of the Queen of the North, Karl Lilgert, was charged with criminal negligence and sentenced to four years in prison. Even with the ending of the trial and years of investigations, questions still remain unanswered about what happened on the tragic night of the ship's sinking.