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March 14, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Every year, thousands of large ships enter or leave the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, many of them laden with oil, chemicals or other environmentally dangerous cargoes. Although the vast majority of them don't bump into one another, or into anything else, there have been some exceptions--and some close calls--in the waters off Los Angeles County. In 1990, the tanker American Trader tangled with its own anchor, resulting in a well-publicized oil spill off Huntington Beach.
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March 14, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Every year, thousands of large ships enter or leave the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, many of them laden with oil, chemicals or other environmentally dangerous cargoes. Although the vast majority of them don't bump into one another, or into anything else, there have been some exceptions--and some close calls--in the waters off Los Angeles County. In 1990, the tanker American Trader tangled with its own anchor, resulting in a well-publicized oil spill off Huntington Beach.
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NEWS
December 1, 1986
A communication system that will help ships avoid collisions in the fog off the Northern California coast will be activated by the Coast Guard. The Offshore Vessel Movement Reporting System encompasses an area within a 29- to 41-mile radius from the large navigation buoy in the center of the 12-mile-wide precautionary zone outside the Golden Gate. About 30 deep-draft vessels daily travel the three approaches within the zone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2000
For the second day in a row, dense fog rolled into parts of Los Angeles County from the Pacific, limiting visibility along the coast to a quarter-mile or less by nighttime, the National Weather Service said. While many areas enjoyed a clear, crisp autumn afternoon, the fog caused traffic delays of about an hour at Los Angeles International Airport, and 14 flights were diverted to Ontario International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said.
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February 11, 1990 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. George Deukmejian on Saturday called for a state investigation of the Huntington Beach oil spill and promised that those who were responsible will "pay every dollar of the cost of cleaning up the oil and dealing with any environmental damage that results from it." The governor added that he will support "any reasonable steps" to improve oil tanker shipment safety, but cautioned that California cannot ignore the fact that it uses 2 million barrels of crude oil a day.
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August 1, 1990 | CHARLES J. HARTLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its first official finding of fault in last year's Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that all parties involved share the blame. The tanker's captain, Joseph Hazelwood, and his crew should have been less fatigued and more alert, Exxon Corp. should have monitored more closely the alcohol treatment program in which Hazelwood was enrolled. And the Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Service was inadequate, the board said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1990 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key legislator on Wednesday warned executives of British Petroleum America Inc. that the state expects more from the company than merely a cleanup effort as a result of the Huntington Beach oil spill. Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia), chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, warned BPA officials that the oil industry should stop trying to block legislation aimed at restricting tanker traffic off the California coast--or face the consequences.
NEWS
December 21, 1986 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Sailors and fishermen still chill when asked to recall Jack Favaloro's terror-choked voice, recorded as he watched a 721-foot tanker burst through the fog off San Francisco Bay and close in on his fishing boat. "Change your course!" he radioed to the tanker, warning that he could not move his own vessel while his engine was engaged in hauling in a net. "What are you doing, man? You're going to hit right over me! . . . Oh, my God! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!" Favaloro's boat, the Jack Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A preliminary Coast Guard investigation has determined that human error caused a cargo ship to crash into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. On Saturday, crews intensified efforts to rescue wildlife and clean up the resulting oil spill. "There were skilled enough individuals on board this ship," said Rear Adm. Craig Bone, the Coast Guard's top official in California. "They didn't carry out their missions correctly."
BUSINESS
February 3, 2008 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Call him Capt. Manny. Everybody down on the waterfront does, even though Manny Aschemeyer last helmed a ship in 1969. Officially, Aschemeyer is executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, which tracks ship movements at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. But he is much more: historian, statistician, booster and news service. Next month, he'll be pulling up the gangplank after six decades on or near the sea.
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