ILWU urges more safety measures for small tug operators

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The International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) is demanding that Transport Canada puts formal safety management systems in place for undersized tugs and undermanned fleets along the BC coast and rivers.  This follows the tragic incident of the tug Ingenika that capsized south of Kitimat on Feb. 11, resulting in two fatalities. The union is also requesting regulations for vessels under 15 gross-tons with sufficient oversight, including manpower and an enforcement budget, be established to ensure that operators follow any new regulations and procedures governing hours of work, risk assessment, training, communications and towing arrangements.

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