Ship captain seeks license after oil spill

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Ship captain John Cota, blamed for a 2007 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, is suing the U.S. Coast Guard to get his mariner's license reinstated.

$44 million to settle 2007 oil spill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The owners of a vessel that caused an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay in 2007 agreed to pay $44.4 million in damages and penalties, the government announced.

San Francisco Bay oil spill case settled

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The owner and operator of a ship that hit San Francisco's Bay Bridge, spilling 53,000 gallons of oil, will pay $44 million to settle the case, officials said.

Fuel oil spill threatens S.F. Bay wildlife

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A bunker fuel oil spill is threatening San Francisco Bay's ecosystem, which is already stressed by drought, ecologists say.

Ship's pilot gets prison for oil spill

SAN FRANCISCO, July 18 (UPI) -- A veteran ship's pilot has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for his part in an accident that dumped 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay.

NTSB finds multiple reasons for spill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Federal officials said Wednesday health problems, ineffectiveness and poor communications led to a 2007 shipping accident and fuel spill in San Francisco Bay.

April trial set in S.F. Bay oil spill case

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A federal judge set an April trial date for the harbor pilot who was at the helm of a cargo ship that spilled 50,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay.

Judge refuses to move ship pilot's trial

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A federal judge says the pilot of the Cosco Busan is to be tried in San Francisco for the container ship's oil spill on the bay in 2007.

Ship pilot's lawyer slams new charges

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 (UPI) -- The lawyer for the pilot of the freighter Cosco Busan is calling new charges connected to an oil spill in San Francisco Bay irrelevant to the case.

Ship's pilot indicted in spill

SAN FRANCISCO, April 22 (UPI) -- The pilot of a container ship that smashed into the San Francisco Bay Bridge spilling 50,000 gallons of fuel has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Ships unable to report oil spills

SACRAMENTO, March 23 (UPI) -- Many ships entering California ports may not be able to comply with a state law requiring they have the capability of reporting oil spills within 30 minutes.

Tanker pilot charged in San Fran Bay spill

SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 (UPI) -- The pilot of the ship that struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge and spilled 58,000 gallons of oil was charged Monday, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Report urges tweaking of SF Bay spill plan

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A review of the Nov. 7 oil spill in San Francisco Bay urged improvements in first response and the managing of volunteers helping with the shoreline cleanup.

San Francisco cleanup to hit $61M or more

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Cleaning up San Francisco Bay is likely to cost at least as much as the fine faced by the owner of a ship that spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel.

Oil-covered birds continue to turn up

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Volunteers say birds contaminated with oil are continuing to show up on San Francisco Bay beaches three weeks after a devastating oil spill.
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Cosco Busan
This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration photo shows an aerial view of Waldenberg Park and skimmers cleaning up oil following a massive oil spill in 2007. The Cosco Busan, a container ship, dumped 58,000 gallons of oil after striking the San Francisco Bay bridge in California. Oil streamers are a result from the lifting of the damaged barge. (UPI Photo/NOAA)

The COSCO Busan oil spill occurred at 08:30 UTC-8 on 7 November 2007 between San Francisco and Oakland, California, in which 53,500 USgal (203,000 l) of IFO-380 heavy fuel oil, sometimes referred to as "bunker fuel", spilled into San Francisco Bay after the container ship M/V COSCO Busan operated by, Fleet Management Ltd., struck Delta Tower of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge in thick fog.

Investigators found that maritime pilot John Cota was impaired from his use of prescription pharmaceuticals while piloting the boat, which rendered him unable to use the onboard radar and electronic maps correctly, and that the Vessel Traffic Service of the United States Coast Guard failed to warn Cota that the vessel was headed for the bridge. Cota was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for his role in the incident.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency after meeting federal, state and local officials overseeing the cleanup. The proclamation made additional state personnel, funding and equipment available to assess and clean up the environmental damage.

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