February 10, 2009
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2008 |
The Navy has punished six sailors for their roles in a fire that caused $70 million in damage to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington, a newspaper reported Monday. U.S. Pacific Fleet officials say the six were given nonjudicial punishments, meaning no sailor was discharged from the Navy, according to the Navy Times. The Navy did not release the names or ranks of those punished. The punishments come two months after the Navy relieved the carrier's commanding officer and executive officer of duty over the May 22 fire.
March 28, 2008 |
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that because of its "negligent acts," the city cannot limit its liability to $14.4 million, the value of the Staten Island ferry that crashed in October 2003, killing 11 people and injuring more than 70. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the city "did not act with reasonable care" when it allowed assistant Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2008 |
The pilot of the cargo ship that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in November and spilled 58,000 gallons of fuel oil was charged Monday with criminal negligence and violating two federal environmental laws. Capt. John J. Cota, 60, was charged in federal court in San Francisco with one count each of violating the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both misdemeanors. Cota was at the helm Nov.
January 11, 2008 |
Improper training and bad steering by a Princess Cruises ship's second officer caused the vessel to tilt suddenly in 2006, injuring almost 300 people, the National Transportation Safety Board determined. The NTSB said the Crown Princess' captain and crew failed to realize how fast they were going in shallow water, which threw the ship off course. The second officer disengaged the autopilot to correct it, then steered the wrong way, the board determined in Orlando. Princess Cruises apologized to passengers and said it had already made changes requiring further navigation training for crews and better oversight for deck officers.