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THE COSCO BUSAN ACCIDENT IT’S CAUSE AND EFFECT’S
CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY ALEJANDRO BEN KENIYA SEAN
The Accident • On November 7th, 2007 the CoscoBusan left the Port of Oakland bound for South Korea in dense fog.
The Accident • About a half hour after leaving the dock the CoscoBusan hit the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. • Not a collision, an Allision.
Timeline • 6 a.m. - Bar pilot Capt. John Cota boards CoscoBusan at berth 55, Oakland Inner Harbor. He decides fog is too thick and waits for it to lift. • About 7:30 - Cota notifies Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service that fog has lifted and he intends to sail. He tells vessel traffic he intends to use the Delta-Echo span of the Bay Bridge. The ship is assisted by the tug Revolution. • 7:30 to 8:20 - The ship's radar failed, says Cota, who decides to rely on an electronic chart. He asks ship's captain to point to center of the D-E span on the electronic chart. Cota gives course and speed for that point.
Timeline Cont… • About 8:20 - Coast Guard advises Cota that ship is off course, is heading southwest, parallel to the bridge. Ship makes a right turn. Lookout on the bow warns that ship is headed for the Delta tower. • 8:27 - Ship hits base of Delta tower, tearing a 160-foot-long gash in the freighter's side.
Timeline Cont… • 8:30 - Cota reports to vessel traffic service that the ship has hit the bridge tower. Shortly thereafter, ship reports that oil is leaking into the bay. • 8:52 - Personnel on pilot boat sent from Pier 9 in San Francisco notice that "a substantial flow of oil" is coming from the ship.
Timeline Cont… • 9:03 - The Coast Guard dispatches its first vessel to the scene. • 9:46 - Marine Spill Response Corp., a private company tasked with the cleanup, dispatches its first vessel to the scene. • 11 - Five MSRC skimming boats designed to contain and mop oil are on the scene. • 12:15 p.m. - Coast Guard says oil spill is 140 gallons; ship has moved to anchorage south of the Bay Bridge, trailing an oil slick. Coast Guard says it's too foggy to put up aircraft to determine spill size.
Timeline Cont… • 12:15 p.m. - Coast Guard says oil spill is 140 gallons; ship has moved to anchorage south of the Bay Bridge, trailing an oil slick. Coast Guard says it's too foggy to put up aircraft to determine spill size. • 12:30 - Tidal current shifts toward Golden Gate at about 2.3 knots. 4 - Oil booms set up at Aquatic Park and Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
Timeline Cont… • 4:49 - Coast Guard realizes the spill is 58,000 gallons. • 8:58 - Coast Guard notifies public of true extent of spill.
Effected Areas Case Study • Drakes Bay • Drakes Estero • Pt Reyes National Seashore • Drakes Bay Oyster Co.
Costs of the Spill • $70,000,000.00 in environmental cleanup costs • 2500 dead marine birds • 26 miles of shoreline contaminated • Crab and fishing season delayed • Job losses for fisherman and oyster farmers
John Cota • Pled guilty to one count of negligently polluting the bay and one count of killing migratory birds. • Will receive a sentence of between 2 and 10 months. • Faces further charges for falsifying documents about prescription medications.
Ongoing Legal Action • John Cota, Fleet Management, and the ship's owner, Regal Stone Ltd. of Hong Kong, also face several civil lawsuits filed by fishermen and federal, state and local governments.