The state agency that oversees the bar pilots who guide large ships through local waterways is taking action to suspend or revoke the license of Guy Kleess, the man in control of the empty tanker that struck the Bay Bridge in January. Read More
A state board voted Thursday to pursue the license revocation or suspension of the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January.The California Board of Pilot Commissioners made the decision after its Incident Review Committee recommended the disciplinary action against pilot Guy Kleess. The case now goes before an administrative law judge, who can decide to act on or reject the board's decision. Read More
The agency that oversees bar pilots — who are specially trained to guide large ships through local bays — is expected to announce its decision today about any possible disciplinary action related to the incident in which an empty tanker struck the Bay Bridge in January. Read More
Caltrans said it plans to begin making repairs today to the Bay Bridge fenders that were damaged when an empty oil tanker struck the span Jan. 7.
The tanker, the Overseas Reymar, hit the easternmost tower on the bridge’s western span around 11:20 a.m. on Jan. 7. There was no oil spill, and no one aboard the 752-foot vessel, which was piloted by bar pilot Guy Kleess, was injured, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 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.
Large ships sailing under the Bay Bridge when there’s heavy fog might face new restrictions, as policymakers reconsider guidelines in the wake of an empty oil tanker striking the span last week. Read More
An attorney for the bar pilot in charge of the tanker that struck a Bay Bridge support tower earlier this week said Wednesday that talk about pilot error in the incident is premature.
“Any speculation is counterproductive until all the facts are gathered and studied and a final report with findings and recommendations is released,” attorney Rex Clack said in an emailed statement. Read More
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