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December 27, 2011 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Thick, tarry fuel oil disgorged into San Francisco Bay from a damaged cargo ship in 2007 was surprisingly toxic to fish embryos, devastating the herring population that feeds seabirds, whales and the bay's last commercial fishery, scientists reported Monday. Although the bay's herring spawning grounds are now free of toxic oil, studies have found that the moderate-size spill of 54,000 gallons had an unexpectedly large and lethal effect. The culprit, a common type of ship fuel called "bunker fuel," appears to be especially toxic to fish embryos, particularly when exposed to sunlight, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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April 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The state Board of Pilot Commissioners has determined that pilot error led the 748-foot tanker Overseas Reymar to collide with a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January. After a weeks-long investigation, the board on Thursday temporarily suspended the license of Capt. Guy Kleess, who was responsible for maneuvering the ship safely out of the bay. The commission will next file a formal accusation against Kleess, resulting in a trial and possible license revocation.
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September 20, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Local, state and federal officials on Monday announced a $44.4-million civil settlement with the owners and operators of a container ship that spilled 53,000 gallons of oil after striking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog. The Nov. 7, 2007, spill killed thousands of birds, damaged San Francisco Bay's herring spawn, sullied miles of coastal habitat and closed regional waters and beaches to fishing and recreation. "The Cosco Busan oil spill left a lasting scar across our water, natural habitats and wildlife," California Atty.
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January 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Officials on Monday were assessing the damage after an oil tanker crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, with initial reports indicating the vessel did not appear to be leaking. The 752-foot Overseas Reymar hit the tower just west of Yerba Buena Island as it headed to sea after delivering cargo, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Lansing said at a news conference. Lansing said fog had diminished visibility at the time of the accident to about a quarter of a mile, but that there are no sight restrictions on vessels passing under the bridge in that location.
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April 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The pilot of the container ship that spilled 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of lying to Coast Guard officials about his prescription drug use. Capt. John Cota, 60, previously had been charged with two misdemeanor environmental crimes for his role in the Nov. 7 accident, which fouled the bay, killed or injured thousands of birds and forced the closure of Bay Area beaches. The new, more serious charges accuse Cota of lying on annual medical reports in 2006 and 2007 required by the Coast Guard.
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April 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The pilot of a freighter that caused a huge oil spill in San Francisco Bay was confused about where he was headed and immediately regretted setting off that foggy morning, according to newly released transcripts. "Yeah, it's foggy; I shouldn't have gone. It's still, uh . . . I'm not going to do well on this one," Capt. John Cota said minutes after the container ship Cosco Busan sideswiped a support of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Nov. 7. "Sorry, captain, I misunderstood the chart; I thought that was the center," Cota told the ship's master.
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June 7, 2008 | By the Associated Press
The shipping company that owned the Cosco Busan when it struck San Francisco's Bay Bridge last November has claimed that the resulting oil spill was the government's fault for licensing a pilot with a history of drug and alcohol abuse. The counterclaims were contained in Hong Kong-based ship owner Regal Stone Ltd.'s formal response, filed Thursday, to a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit. The suit, filed six months ago, accused the pilot and Regal Stone of violating environmental laws when the ship struck a bridge support in San Francisco Bay, spilling 53,000 gallons of toxic oil. The counterclaims draw on pilot Capt.
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January 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Officials on Monday were assessing the damage after an oil tanker crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, with initial reports indicating the vessel did not appear to be leaking. The 752-foot Overseas Reymar hit the tower just west of Yerba Buena Island as it headed to sea after delivering cargo, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Lansing said at a news conference. Lansing said fog had diminished visibility at the time of the accident to about a quarter of a mile, but that there are no sight restrictions on vessels passing under the bridge in that location.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The state Board of Pilot Commissioners has determined that pilot error led the 748-foot tanker Overseas Reymar to collide with a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January. After a weeks-long investigation, the board on Thursday temporarily suspended the license of Capt. Guy Kleess, who was responsible for maneuvering the ship safely out of the bay. The commission will next file a formal accusation against Kleess, resulting in a trial and possible license revocation.
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February 19, 2009 | Associated Press
A lack of communication between crew members played a critical role in the crash of a container ship that led to a massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay nearly 15 months ago, federal safety officials said Wednesday. The 901-foot-long Cosco Busan sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in November 2007. Two fuel tanks ruptured and more than 53,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2011 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Thick, tarry fuel oil disgorged into San Francisco Bay from a damaged cargo ship in 2007 was surprisingly toxic to fish embryos, devastating the herring population that feeds seabirds, whales and the bay's last commercial fishery, scientists reported Monday. Although the bay's herring spawning grounds are now free of toxic oil, studies have found that the moderate-size spill of 54,000 gallons had an unexpectedly large and lethal effect. The culprit, a common type of ship fuel called "bunker fuel," appears to be especially toxic to fish embryos, particularly when exposed to sunlight, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Local, state and federal officials on Monday announced a $44.4-million civil settlement with the owners and operators of a container ship that spilled 53,000 gallons of oil after striking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog. The Nov. 7, 2007, spill killed thousands of birds, damaged San Francisco Bay's herring spawn, sullied miles of coastal habitat and closed regional waters and beaches to fishing and recreation. "The Cosco Busan oil spill left a lasting scar across our water, natural habitats and wildlife," California Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2009 | Associated Press
A lack of communication between crew members played a critical role in the crash of a container ship that led to a massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay nearly 15 months ago, federal safety officials said Wednesday. The 901-foot-long Cosco Busan sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in November 2007. Two fuel tanks ruptured and more than 53,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2008 | By the Associated Press
The shipping company that owned the Cosco Busan when it struck San Francisco's Bay Bridge last November has claimed that the resulting oil spill was the government's fault for licensing a pilot with a history of drug and alcohol abuse. The counterclaims were contained in Hong Kong-based ship owner Regal Stone Ltd.'s formal response, filed Thursday, to a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit. The suit, filed six months ago, accused the pilot and Regal Stone of violating environmental laws when the ship struck a bridge support in San Francisco Bay, spilling 53,000 gallons of toxic oil. The counterclaims draw on pilot Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The pilot of the container ship that spilled 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of lying to Coast Guard officials about his prescription drug use. Capt. John Cota, 60, previously had been charged with two misdemeanor environmental crimes for his role in the Nov. 7 accident, which fouled the bay, killed or injured thousands of birds and forced the closure of Bay Area beaches. The new, more serious charges accuse Cota of lying on annual medical reports in 2006 and 2007 required by the Coast Guard.
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April 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The pilot of a freighter that caused a huge oil spill in San Francisco Bay was confused about where he was headed and immediately regretted setting off that foggy morning, according to newly released transcripts. "Yeah, it's foggy; I shouldn't have gone. It's still, uh . . . I'm not going to do well on this one," Capt. John Cota said minutes after the container ship Cosco Busan sideswiped a support of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Nov. 7. "Sorry, captain, I misunderstood the chart; I thought that was the center," Cota told the ship's master.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2007 | Eric Bailey
Disciplinary charges were filed Thursday against the pilot of a container ship that spilled oil into San Francisco Bay last month. The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun accused Capt. John Cota of allowing the Cosco Busan to travel too fast in foggy conditions without sufficient information.
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December 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will run tests of the bay floor to see if toxic oil from last month's spill remains. The corps will test the 43-feet-deep bay bottom off the entrance to the Oakland Outer Harbor today. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Maria Lee says pom-pom-like absorbent swabs will collect the samples. Nearly 58,000 gallons of toxic bunker fuel was spilled into the bay by the Cosco Busan on Nov. 7 after the vessel hit the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
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