Ship that spilled oil moved to Pier 80

Eight wildlife recovery teams were still scouring San Francisco Bay for animals that may have been oiled when a tanker spilled somewhere between 400 and 800 gallons into the water Friday morning.

So far the teams have found about 30 live birds, mostly American coots, and an additional 10 have died, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Larry Chambers.

Sunday, the Coast Guard escorted the Dubai Star vessel, owned by South Harmony, from the anchorage where it made the spill south of the Bay Bridge to San Francisco Pier 80 for cleaning, Chambers said.

There is no estimate for how long the cleaning will take.

The boat was apparently getting fuel at Anchorage 9 in Alameda and was on its way to Richmond when it started leaking, possibly because of a mechanical failure, Chambers said. But what piece of equipment might have failed and if the equipment was the problem is still under investigation, he said.

The state Department of Fish and Game has restricted fishing in the area of Crown Memorial State Beach and along the East Bay coast in between the San Mateo and Bay bridges.

Anyone who sees oiled wildlife should not try to touch it, but report it to (877) 823-6926.

The Wildlife Recovery Center is caring for the birds in Cordelia, near Fairfield — the go-to site for oiled animals.

The clean-up at Crown Memorial State Beach is about 80 percent finished, he said.

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