Construction of New San Francisco Bay Bridge in 4 Minutes – Timelapse Video

Since passing under bridges is basically a prerequisite when it comes to a life at sea, it is no wonder why most mariners are utterly fascinated by -and possibly a bit fearful of- them. The new $6.8 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which just opened this week following years of construction, is no different. This high-definition timelapse was … [Read more...]

Pilotage Paradox – A Look Into The Cosco Busan Allision

Pilotage Paradox by Paul Drouin The Cosco Busan accident, as with many others that have the same root cause, can be categorized into what I call the pilotage paradox. For on the one hand, we wish to confide the safety and con of the vessel to the pilot, yet on the other insist it is the crew and captain that are ultimately responsible and accountable for the safe conduct of … [Read more...]

Cosco Busan Pilot’s Medical Records Questioned

Cosco Busan Photo by Noah Berger/Associated PressOctober 15th 2003 the Staten Island ferry crashed into a concrete pier killing eleven people and leaving 71 injured. It was later determined that the captain lost consciousness while at the ship's controls. He had taken the painkillers Tramadol and Tylenol PM, both of which can cause drowsiness as a side effect. Since that time … [Read more...]

San francisco Oil Spill Hearings – A Response to Admiral Bone, USCG

Yesterday my comments were published on the front page of The San Francisco Chronicle in an article titled; "Hearing today at Presidio - tough queries for spill captain." Prior to being asked to comment the Chronicle's lead maritime reporter contacted our friend Captain Kelly Sweeny who discussed industry wide problems with marine technology. The article states; Sweeney … [Read more...]

Cosco Busan Crew Remain Silent During NTSB Interview In other news The San Jose Mercury News tells us; The International Maritime Organization saw the Cosco Busan oil spill coming: Last year, it banned new ships from being built with their fuel tanks along the hull beginning in 2010. In effect, the U.N. agency determined that increasingly large, fast ships that carry as … [Read more...]