Baykeeper Updates Related to Oil Spills

BK In The News: February 12, 2013
The pilot who crashed the Cosco Busan cargo ship into the Bay Bridge in 2007, causing the worst oil spill in the bay in two decades, has sued the U.S. Coast Guard in an effort to regain his mariner's license so he can sail again. . . . "He's shown that he didn't have the medical fitness or sound...
BK In The News: January 11, 2013
Three days after a 752-foot oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the Bay Bridge under foggy conditions, the top Coast Guard official in the Bay Area on Thursday called for a reconsideration of rules that allow large ships to sail in fog near the Bay Bridge. The request by Capt. Cynthia Stowe to the San...
BK In The News: January 9, 2013
After the cargo ship Cosco Busan sailed through heavy fog and hit a tower of the Bay Bridge five years ago, spilling 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel, the Coast Guard and shipping officials wrote new rules to limit large ships from sailing in risky areas of San Francisco Bay when visibility is less...
Blog Post: January 8, 2013
When an oil tanker hit the Bay Bridge Monday morning, no oil got into the Bay, according to the Coast Guard and other agencies investigating the collision. I immediately went to the scene in the Baykeeper boat to observe the situation, along with Baykeeper Program Director Jason Flanders, who took...
BK In The News: January 8, 2013
A nonprofit environmental group is seeking to close a loophole in best maritime practices, a day after an oil tanker nicked the base of the Bay Bridge. Deb Self, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, noted that the Bay Bridge is not on a list of nine "critical maneuvering areas," where...
BK In The News: January 8, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A 752-foot oil tanker sailing in the fog collided with a tower of the Bay Bridge on Monday morning, spilling no oil but raising alarming new questions about oil tanker safety in San Francisco Bay. The ship, the Overseas Reymar, based in the Marshall Islands, had unloaded its oil at...
BK In The News: January 8, 2013
Emergency crews scrambled into action Monday when a tanker ship struck a Bay Bridge tower, but visions of catastrophe turned to relief after the damage was quickly assessed and news spread that a disaster had been averted. It was the kind of response that local, state and federal officials wished...
Blog Post: November 6, 2012
Five years ago on the morning of November 7, the 900-foot container ship Cosco Busan left Oakland, in heavy fog with low visibility. It side-swiped a Bay Bridge tower, ripping open two fuel tanks and pouring more than 53,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel into San Francisco Bay. Initially, the ship...
Monthly Column: November 1, 2012
Five years ago, on the morning of November 7, the 900-foot container ship Cosco Busan left Oakland in heavy fog with low visibility. It side-swiped a Bay Bridge tower, ripping open two fuel tanks and pouring more than 53,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel into San Francisco Bay. Initially, the ship...
BK In The News: May 21, 2012
Capt. John Cota, who was blamed for causing the San Francisco Bay's worst oil spill in two decades when he crashed a cargo ship into the Bay Bridge in 2007 and dumped 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the water, is quietly trying to regain his mariner's license so he can sail in the bay again.

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