INUK II - Foundering on 14 August 2016


On 14 August 2016, a tour boat, INUK II, sank in the bay of Ilulissat, Greenland. The 23 passengers and three crew members were evacuated onto another tour boat before INUK II foundered. The accident did not result in loss of life or serious injury. However, the accident provided an opportunity to gain a general understanding of the effectiveness of the tour boats’ design and equipment to handle an emergency. Therefore, the accident investigation had two purposes: Firstly, the purpose of the investigation was to establish the technical circumstances that led to the tour boat losing buoyancy, including the circumstances under which the passengers were evacuated. Secondly, to gain an understanding of the problems associated with implementing the strategies for handling evacuation.

The report can be downloaded in PDF format here.