Criminal probe into San Francisco oil spill 11-07-07


The COSCO BUSAN which collided in the fog with the Bay Bridge was not operated by COSCO by rather by Hanjan Shipping whose logo is a common sight  in our ports, rail corridors and highways.  Click below to a slideshow of the damaged ship by a San Francisco citizen journalists ....




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Seth says
source: NTSB: Ships Radar May Have Been Out At Time Of Collision
John Meadows, who represents Cota, said his client told National Transportation Safety Board investigators that ship's radar "conked out" twice after it left the docks at the Port of Oakland. The last time was near the lighthouse on Yerba Buena Island and may have removed any chance of missing the Delta Tower metal bumper.
I read somewhere today that news is what sombody doesn't want you to know.  It would be nice if the media would reliably report about the causes of accidents and the results of investigations just as much as they report on the events themselves.

Seth says
source: MercuryNews.com
OAKLAND - The Coast Guard says the Cosco Busan, the ill-fated container ship that smashed into a Bay Bridge pylon last month causing a monumental oil spill is about to get underway from the Port of Oakland.

The ship has clearance from customs and the Coast Guard and is scheduled to sail at 11 a.m. this morning.

The Cosco Busan spilled 58,000 gallons into the Bay on Nov. 7 after sideswiping the Bay Bridge on a foggy morning. The spill fouled 40 miles of shoreline and killed more than 2,000 birds.

State officials have filed misconduct charges against the pilot, John Cota, who advised the ship captain, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil suit against the ship's owner and its insurance company.

The Coast Guard estimates the cleanup cost already has exceeded $55 million and is almost certain to surpass the $61 million federal insurance liability limit. That cap, however, could be lifted if there is a determination of gross negligence.

The federal government and the owners of the ship have resolved a legal standoff that had kept the vessel here for more than six weeks.

The government asked for and received $79.5 million, the full value of the ship's the maritime equivalent of a release bond, said Andrew Ames, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice.

The money serves as the kind of security deposit the government sought to cover a possible judgment in its civil case against the ship-owner.

Federal rules say the maximum amount that can be
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demanded for security in such cases is the value of the ship, Ames said.

The deposit eliminates the government's threat to "arrest," or seize, the vessel, which could have cost taxpayers a significant amount of money, Ames said. The threat was part of a lawsuit filed Nov. 30 by the federal government against the ship's owner, Regal Stone, Ltd.; Capt. John Cota, the pilot at the helm during the Nov. 7 collision and Regal Stone's insurance company.

Wire Services contributed to this report.
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