Answers Needed on Why Oil Tanker Hit Bay Bridge
The oil tanker that hit the Bay Bridge last week did not spill oil into the Bay, but it just missed being a disaster. While the ship was carrying no oil as cargo, it had tanks filled with bunker fuel used to run the tanker itself. If this fuel had spilled, it would have been a significant threat to the Bay, wildlife, and shorelines.
Baykeeper has a lot of questions about why this accident happened. We're investigating the causes to understand how future ship encounters with the bridge can be prevented.
One question is about Coast Guard regulations that keep ships from sailing when fog obscures visibility. Right now, rules prevent large ships from sailing through some parts of the Bay if visibility is less than a half mile, but the waters near the Bay Bridge aren't included. That needs to change.
Read more about the ship hitting the bridge and Baykeeper's advocacy to prevent future collisions.