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Safety Above All

Crew Training, Safety Drills & Familiarization

Safety is without a doubt the most important aspect of our operations.  BC Ferries carries out regular training of crews that meet or exceed Transport Canada requirements. 

BC Ferries’ crews work hard to prepare for every conceivable emergency.  In fact, every shift, each crew on each vessel must participate in hands-on fire and boat drills led by the Captain, which occurs about once every two weeks.   In addition, man-overboard drills are conducted each month, and quarterly and semi-annual training is conducted for specific scenarios such as oil spills.

To maintain this regime of training and drills, there are occasional delays to the schedule.  That said, have crews ever been called upon to muster their expertise into action?  You bet!


Rescues at Sea


On an average day, BC Ferries’ crews may be required to rescue boaters in distress, attend a sudden heart-attack patient, or even try to prevent a suicide attempt.  For some of our crew, this has meant bussing cafeteria tables one minute and preparing to lower a rescue boat the next.


In 2019 there were 25 marine rescues and 80 medical emergencies. 


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