The navigating officer of a B.C. ferry that sunk in 2006 has pleaded not guilty to two counts of negligence causing death.

Karl Lilgert entered the plea in court Wednesday, when jury selection also took place.

Lilgert is accused of negligence in the deaths of Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette, who went down with the Queen of the North after it rammed into an island and sank nearly seven years ago.

A Transportation Safety Board report concluded the only two crew members on the bridge failed to make a crucial course correction.

Lilgert’s trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 17 and will last six months.