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    Cargo ship collides with Bay Bridge, spills 58,000 gallons of oil into the SF Bay

    This happened yesterday morning, and it looks like it's going from bad to worse... Here's the original story..

    CBS 5 / KCBS / AP / BCN) SAN FRANCISCO A large container ship traveling through dense fog ran into a tower supporting the Bay Bridge's center span between Treasure Island and San Francisco on Wednesday. The accident caused no structural damage to the span, officials said, but the ship's hull suffered a large gash that poured about 58,000 gallons of fuel in the bay.

    Visibility was limited during the time of the collision due to the fog - which was a factor in the accident, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Anya Hunter.

    The 900-foot Hanjan Shipping's Cosco Busan freighter was coming from Oakland when it struck the Delta Tower, west of Yerba Buena Island on the San Francisco side, around 8:30 a.m. The damaged ship, with a large gash on its side, leaked fuel into the water for 20 to 30 minutes.

    “They did suffer a strike to the forward portion of the vessel and some oil was spilled in the water. They transferred oil to another portion of the boat and so they were able to stop the flow,” explained Hunter.

    California Department of Transportation structural engineers examined the bridge after the accident, but concluded that it was fully protected from damage by a tower fender system. After assessing the bridge, they declared it was intact and still safe to cross.

    Traffic on the bridge was not affected or disrupted by the accident and drivers did not feel the impact of the collision, CalTrans spokesman Bart Ney said.

    After the mishap, the cargo vessel was docked and anchored north of Treasure Island and outside the channel. It was examined by Coast Guard crews who reported damage to the forward right and left sides of the ship.

    Officials said the ship was piloted by an experienced captain and the cause of the rare accident remained under investigation.

    San Francisco police and the Coast Guard enforced a 100-foot safety zone around the leaked fuel and the vessel. Crews attempted to contain the fuel by placing absorbing materials over the area.

    The city's public health department said that several people near the spilled fuel at the Port of San Francisco experienced headaches and nausea from inhaling fumes vaporizing into the air, but health officials indicated that no one was at risk from long-term health effects.

    The leak prompted the closures of five San Francisco beaches—Fort Point, Kirby Cove, Baker Beach, China Beach and Crissy Field—while authorities worked to clean up the oil, the Coast Guard said. Signs were posted warning the public not to swim or fish in several areas, and a hot line was set up to take reports of fouled wildlife.

    Meantime, an Army Corps of Engineers crew collected large wooden chunks from a 100-foot section of the bridge tower's protective bumper that broke off into the water.
    And here's todays update..

    CBS 5 / KCBS / BCN) SAN FRANCISCO The Coast Guard says the oil that leaked from a cargo ship that bumped a tower supporting the Bay Bridge is washing up on beaches in Northern Marin County and as far south as Ocean Beach.

    Authorities say some of the 58,000 gallons that leaked from the ship has traveled as far north as Gillon Beach on the Marin-Sonoma county line.

    Oil has also been spotted on the shores of Angel and Alcatraz islands, Crissy Field and elsewhere.

    Helicopter crews are surveying the damage, while skimming equipment is being used to suck up the oil and teams are walking the shoreline scooping up the oil.

    Meanwhile, the pilot of this ship is being interviewed by Coast Guard authorities.

    The oil spill has prompted the closures of at least seven beaches in San Francisco and Marin County - including Fort Point, Baker Beach, China Beach, Crissy Field, Rodeo Beach, Black Sand and Kirby Cove.

    A Coast Guard official says there's no estimate of when the oil spill will be cleaned up.

    Officials say there was no structural damage to the span in yesterday's incident, but about 58,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay after a large gash was ripped into the hull of the ship called the Cosco Busan.

    The Department of Fish and Game asks anyone who sees wildlife coated with oil or otherwise affected by the spill to call (877) 823-6926. Calls are also being accepted by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, at (530) 304-1241.
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    Re: Cargo ship collides with Bay Bridge, spills 58,000 gallons of oil into the SF Bay

    Experienced it first-hand.

    It's crab season and the oil is moving right over the fishing grounds.

    Plenty of boats that were out crabbing yesterday had to come back in right through the middle of it.

    What a mess!

    Not to mention what that crud is doing to the environment...

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    Re: Cargo ship collides with Bay Bridge, spills 58,000 gallons of oil into the SF Bay

    Oh no this is very sad .
    why are they trying to move in the fog? my prayer is to catch this early and get it cleaned up fast!!

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    Re: Cargo ship collides with Bay Bridge, spills 58,000 gallons of oil into the SF Bay

    Do you have to take a driving test for a ship?


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    Re: Cargo ship collides with Bay Bridge, spills 58,000 gallons of oil into the SF Bay

    Quote Originally Posted by Druggas View Post
    Do you have to take a driving test for a ship?
    Kinda. They take you to the Disneyland Hotel, give you a bunch of quarters, and see how well you're able to drive the remote controled mini-jungle cruise boats around.
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    Re: Cargo ship collides with Bay Bridge, spills 58,000 gallons of oil into the SF Bay

    ^^

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    Re: Cargo ship collides with Bay Bridge, spills 58,000 gallons of oil into the SF Bay

    Quote Originally Posted by OogieBoogie View Post
    Kinda. They take you to the Disneyland Hotel, give you a bunch of quarters, and see how well you're able to drive the remote controled mini-jungle cruise boats around.
    Okay, I rarely actually do laugh out loud at a post but that one caused me to startle the cats with my boisterous guffawing. Hilarious.

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