Ship Incidents

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Cosco Busan Hits the Bay Bridge, Causing Oil Spill in San Francisco Bay

On November 7, 2007, the Cosco Busan left the Port of Oakland and hit the Bay Bridge at 8:30 am on its way to the Golden Gate, triggering the largest oil spill in San Francisco Bay in more than a decade. The incident led to a 10-month prison sentence for the pilot and $44.4 million in fines.

This animation of the incident that was rendered from our data by and Jakota Cruise Systems. The Wikipedia article has a lot of additional information on the incident.

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Overseas Cleliamar Loses Control Outside the Golden Gate

On January 29, 2009, a 741-foot tanker, lost both power and steering just outside the Golden Gate. Thanks to quick action by tugs, the tanker was just barely kept off the rocks. Watch all the tugs and Coast Guard ships swarm to her rescue. See the link to view the animation below the news video.

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