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
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
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