TSB@25: First impressions from a new employee

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27 May 2015
Posted by: Clinton Rebeiro

While the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has been around for 25 years, some of us are new to the organization. In fact, I am one of the newest recruits! The TSB hired me on January 2, 2015, as a Senior Marine Investigator in the Pacific Region.

Having worked in the marine field for 25 years, my career started as a cadet with Mobil shipping. I earned my Master Mariners license from the United Kingdom in 1999, and have also completed diplomas in Ship Chartering and Marine Surveying. My experience includes working on deep sea tankers, LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers, piloting, anchor handling, commercial operations, and ship vetting.

After working and living in many exotic locations around the world, including England, Cameroon, United States, Gabon and Brunei, my family moved to Canada in 2008. During the next few years, I worked with BC Ferries before deciding to join the TSB. After spending five years working in local waters, it felt like it was time for me to give back to the industry and share the knowledge and experience gained while working in all those different areas of the field.

My first impressions of the TSB were quite positive. The nature of the work for which the organization is responsible is vast. It was a pleasure to see how well organized and meticulous TSB investigators are with regard to their investigations, and how teamwork and cooperation between investigators working at the different locations is clearly excellent.

So far, two deployments, including an occurrence where a tugboat took on water and sank, are keeping me busy. The fact that the tug was at the bottom of the ocean made my task of collecting data that much harder. Nevertheless, with a lot of hard work and assistance from my colleagues, we successfully gathered significant pieces of evidence and are moving towards the analysis stage of the investigation process.

I’m proud to now be a part of a team responsible for investigating occurrences. The diverse nature of my job means interacting with a great variety of people. Working at the TSB offers me the thrilling opportunity to collaborate with different agencies, government departments, and industry leaders so that we can all work together to improve marine safety. My hope is that we can promote a “safety culture” that is highly valued, and where everyone is actively involved in safety on a daily basis. All that, to prevent the same accidents from happening again.

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Clinton Rebeiro has been a Senior Marine Investigator with the TSB since January 2015. After having spent a lot of time on the water, he enjoys playing soccer and field hockey on dry land in his spare time. He lives with his family and dog near Vancouver, BC.

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