A B.C. ship's navigator has been sentenced to four years
after he was convicted of criminal negligence causing death for
dereliction of duty leading to his ship colliding with an
According to The Globe and Mail, B.C. Supreme Court Justice
Sunni Stromberg-Stein, in sentencing Karl Lilgert after a jury
found him guilty, said that Mr. Lilgert's relationship with a
female crew member of the ship, Queen of the North, led to the
The judge called Mr. Lilgert's failure to make a course
correction "an extreme and catastrophic dereliction of his
duty". She stated that the collision occurred while Mr.
Lilgert was working alone on the bridge with his former lover, who
worked on the ship, for the first time since they had ended a
relationship. The judge said that Mr. Lilgert had been
distracted by personal issues relating to their relationship.
Two passengers on board – a couple – have not been
seen since the ship went down, and were presumed to have died.
The case is another example of a worker being convicted
criminally for workplace negligence – not for intentionally
doing something unsafe, but rather for not doing something
that he should have done. Mr. Lilgert has appealed.
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