Fuel split into San Francisco Bay
after ship container crash
Bay City News
November 7, 2007
Fuel and oil spilled into the San Francisco Bay after a container
ship collided with a tower San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge tower
The bridge was not damaged in the collision nor did morning commuters
feel the impact, said California Department of Transportation
spokesman Bart Ney.
The 8:30 a.m. collision, blamed on low visibility due to dense
fog, knocked a 100-foot section of the fender that protects the
tower into the water and left a large gash on the side of the
vessel that spilled fuel and oil for about 30 minutes.
The pilot of the COSCO BUSAN has not been named. The port is
posting signs around the Bay warning people not to fish or swim
in certain areas near the spill. The Bay Area Air Quality Management
Board is monitoring safety along the port property.
Caltrans dispatched structural engineers and maintenance crews
after the accident occurred, but the bridge was fully protected
from damage by the bumpers, Ney said.
Pollution experts from the California Department of Fish and
Game are working with the U.S. Coast Guard's San Francisco Sector
and the San Francisco Police Department to place containing devices
in the water around the spill, Coast Guard Petty Officer Third
Class Michael Anderson said.
After containing the spill, crews will be placing absorbing materials
over the area, Anderson said.
San Francisco police and the Coast Guard also enforced a 100-foot
safety zone around the leaked fuel and the ship, docked north
of Treasure Island, according to the Coast Guard.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according
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