Cosco Busan scheduled to leave Bay today

A 900-foot container ship that caused a 58,000-gallon oil spill in San Francisco Bay on Nov. 7, is scheduled to depart the bay around 11 a.m., a U.S. Coast Guard dispatcher said Thursday.

The Cosco Busan is anchored off San Francisco’s Hunters Point area, according to the dispatcher.

The ship, which collided with a protective fender on a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in November and released oil into San Francisco Bay, had been undergoing temporary repairs for its return across the Pacific Ocean.

It was given authorization today by the U.S. Coast Guard to resume maritime commerce.

All orders requiring the vessel to remain in San Francisco have been lifted, as well as all customs holds, according to Coast Guard Lt. Anya Hunter.

The vessel’s owners and operators have satisfactorily addressed issues regarding the operation of the ship that were concerning the Coast Guard, according to Hunter. Temporary repairs to the ship were completed, the vessel and crew have been verified safe to sail and the operator has provided a load plan for cargo operations.

The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board marine casualty division will continue to investigate the Nov. 7 collision.

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