Oil spill ship fixed but can't leave Bay

The container ship that spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay was cleared to sail today — but it's not going very far.

The Coast Guard says repairs on the ship have been completed, and that authorities will permit it to move from a repair facility in San Francisco to an anchorage in the bay.

However, there is a so-called “customs hold” on the ship, meaning it can't leave the area. Further, a federal lawsuit against owner Regal Stone has the ship tied up in a legal limbo.

The accident occurred Nov. 7 when the ship sideswiped a support tower of the Bay Bridge, tearing a 230-foot gash on its side and puncturing its fuel tanks.

The shipping fuel quickly spread inside and outside the bay, fouling miles of coastline and killing thousands of birds.

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