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Cosco Busan oil spill ship operator faces $10M fine

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A Hong Kong-based shipping company is expected to be fined $10 million Friday by a federal judge for its role in a 2007 oil spill.

Fleet Management Inc., which was the operator of the Cosco Busan when two of its fuel hulls were torn open after colliding with a Bay Bridge tower, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the U.S. Clean Water Act.

The company also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and making false statements — both felonies — after a crew member altered navigation documents.

Bar pilot John Cota of Petaluma is serving a 10-month prison sentence for his role in the spill.

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