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Captain Charged in Ramming

The captain of a boat involved in a collision off the Newfoundland coast has been charged under Canada’s maritime laws. Matthew Whalen was the captain of the Marine Voyager, when it was involved in an accident that involved a smaller boat.

Apparently the Marine Voyager collided with another boat and plowed right through it. The other boat had been anchored, and the boat owner apparently saw the ferry coming, but thought that it would avoid him. That didn’t happen. The Marine Voyager broadsided the smaller boat, and then just kept going. The boat owner was not injured in the accident.

Investigations later showed that there was a light fog at the time, but not severe enough to impact visibility. Whalen has been charged under the Canada Shipping Act for failing to keep a proper lookout on board his vessel.