Oil spill ship scheduled to leave Bay

The container ship that spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay last month is scheduled to set sail to South Korea.

The Cosco Busan could leave San Francisco Bay at noon Friday if it gets clear from the U.S. Coast Guard as expected.

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.

The ship has been repaired and its hull has been cleaned of oil.

The vessel and its owner face several lawsuits seeking damages caused by the spill.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

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