The senior captain of a B.C. Ferry that sank off the coast seven years ago says no formal procedure existed to train staff on new equipment.

Don Frandsen took the stand yesterday in the trial of Karl Lilgert who has been charged with criminal negligence causing the deaths of two people.

Lilgert was on the bridge of the Queen of the North with quartermaster and former lover Karen Bricker, when the ship hit an island March 22nd, 2006 and sank.

His lawyers have argued that Lilgert was working with unreliable equipment and had been poorly trained on recent upgrades to the ship's autopilot and steering systems.