Overseas Reymar osg

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A double-hulled oil tanker owned by Overseas Shipholding Group sustained damage, but is not believed to be leaking oil after alliding with the San Francisco Bay Bridge Monday morning.

A statement released by the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association said that at approximately 11:15 a.m. Monday morning, the Overseas Reymar, a 69,636 DWT Panamax oil products tanker, made contact with the fendering system of the Echo tower (eastern most tower) on the western span of the Bay Bridge.

The ship was headed out to sea at the time and was being guided by a San Francisco bar pilot.

The vessel was not carrying any petroleum cargo and sustained scrapes and dents to the right rear starboard quarter above the waterline. No one onboard was injured and there were no reports of any fuel or oil in the water. Visibility is believed to have been at about a quarter mile at the time of the allision, according to media reports.

The pilot involved has been a San Francisco bar pilot since 2005, according to the statement, and he remained onboard the vessel as it was moved to Anchorage 7.

In a statement to the press, OSG spokesperson Darrell Wilson stated, “There are no reports of injuries or pollution.  The ship was sailing outbound with a pilot on board and as the ship passed one of the bridge towers it came in contact with an underwater portion of the structure.

The crew reports no loss of steering or propulsion and that initial investigations shows no water leaks from any of the ballast tanks. The ship’s crew safely anchored the vessel and made all proper notifications to the authorities.”

The Overseas Reymar is a Marshall Islands-flagged, ABS-classed, oil products tanker 100% owned and operated by bankrupt Overseas Shipholding Group.

A unified command is being set up in response to the incident.

Via Marinetraffic.com. Thanks David!

Via Marinetraffic.com. Thanks David!

Images courtesy US Coast Guard:

san francisco bay bridge tower allision ship osg Overseas Reymar

Overseas Reymar osg panamax tanker allision san francisco

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    • Gino Gondolfi

      Nick,
      I bet you don’t have a State Commission to pilot ships! It is so easy to Monday morning QB pilots, it’s a lot more difficult to navigate ships, especially in fog! Just sit back and think that you are better than the pilot that was on that ship. I know what you are thinking. I was like you, now I am blessed to be a Commissioned Pilot and I am not ready to pass judgement! I would like to here the facts!

      I wish you well and hope that if you ever have an incident that people are not as judgmental to you as you were to the SF Bay Pilot.

      Smooth Sailing,

      Gino Gondolfi

  • David Hindin

    There are bogus track lines on the marine traffic plot.
    The ship had been in Martinez to unload. It came down under the Bay Bridge (one pass) this morning at about 1:20 AM PST) to Anchorage 9 to take on fuel, then departed at about 11 AM for sea for the second pass under the bridge and the allision.

  • AHD

    What is the repercussion for pilots that allide with things? Does he still get paid? The ship didn’t lose power nor steering so I’m curious to hear what actually happened and what the pilot was doing.

  • Pete/.

    My biggest problem here is “allide” which I can’t fond in any dictionaries? Wiktionary ??????? has it as to “impact on a stationary object” of which your cousins on this side of the pond say “collide” and it’s such a cracking word it appears in every dictionary and spell checker I can find.

  • David Hindin

    Please disregard last: January 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    post in haste; repent at leisure

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