On Thursday morning, with dense fog blocking the view of Oakland from the San Francisco waterfront, maritime officials instituted new guidelines for large ships sailing under the Bay Bridge at times of reduced visibility. Read More
A maritime safety group could adopt new guidelines Thursday that would limit ships from sailing under the Bay Bridge in foggy conditions, among other safety precautions.
The move comes after the 752-foot tanker Overseas Reymar stuck the Bay Bridge on Jan. 7 as it was leaving an anchorage south of the span. The incident was the second time a large ship had struck a tower on the bridge; the Cosco Busan hit it in 2007, dumping more than 50,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay. Read More
The bar pilot in control of the tanker that struck the Bay Bridge on Jan. 7 has the highest incident rate over the three years for which such records are available, according to a San Francisco Examiner analysis of state documents.
As federal officials began investigating Monday’s crash of an empty tanker into the Bay Bridge, records showed that the ship’s pilot has been involved in other Bay Area accidents and was once denied license renewal due to an unspecified medical condition. Read More
An empty oil tanker struck a Bay Bridge tower Monday morning, causing minimal damage to both the span and vessel, according to responding agencies.The Overseas Reymar sideswiped a tower on the west side of the bridge about 11:20 a.m., said San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Mindy Talmadge. Though there were no immediate signs of oil leaking into the Bay, the Fire Department, Coast Guard and Caltrans continued to inspect both the bridge and the tanker for most of Monday afternoon. Read More
Four years after a container ship sideswiped the Bay Bridge, ripping open and spilling 53,000 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay, the people responsible for the spill have agreed to pay up.
Nearly a dozen local, state and federal agencies, and some local nonprofits, will be paid $44.4 million for the cost of responding to the spill and to continue restoration work in the Bay. Read More
A tugboat captain piloting a 230-foot barge intentionally ran the vessel aground near San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club on Tuesday to prevent it from sinking and possibly causing an environmental disaster, company officials said. Read More
More than three years after the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill fouled the waters of the San Francisco Bay and beyond, local fishermen will receive a total of $6 million in damages through a class action lawsuit.The container ship spilled roughly 58,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel into the bay on Nov. 7, 2007, after it struck a fender around one of the Bay Bridge’s towers and cut a 212-foot gash in the ship’s hull. Read More
The bar pilot who was found to be responsible for a 2007 oil spill in San Francisco Bay has served his prison sentence, but his former colleagues continue to avoid the types of drug tests that could have prevented the disaster.
Veteran mariner John Cota is due to finish a 10-month federal prison sentence today, which he served for environmental misdemeanors after piloting the Cosco Busan container ship into a Bay Bridge tower Nov. 7, 2007. Read More
With all eyes on the Gulf of Mexico’s catastrophic oil spill — which continues to gush — and memories still fresh of San Francisco Bay’s 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill, environmental officials will hold a forum Tuesday on how to better respond to such disasters. Read More