Friday, March 18, 2016
Ship Pilot Boarding Hull Marks

“I think the pilot turned off the radio!”

By Owen Palmiotti (Coeval, Inc.)…I may have been in diapers when I first learned about communicating. Back then, I was most likely talking to my brother about which crayon tasted...

March 18, 2016
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Infamous Cosco Busan Pilot Will NOT Get His License Back

John Cota, the former San Francisco pilot who infamously crashed the M/V Cosco Busan into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on a typical foggy morning in November 2007 causing the discharge of some 53,000 gallons of oil, will not be getting his license back.

December 4, 2013
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

John Cota Suing Coast Guard Over License

John Cota, the infamous San Francisco bar pilot who crashed the Cosco Busan into the Bay Bridge in 2007, is suing the U.S. Coast Guard to get his license back....

February 12, 2013
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Friday, January 11, 2013
Overseas Reymar osg

OSG Tanker Cleared to Sail After Bridge Allision

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday said that it has completed interviews, evidence collection, and a thorough safety inspection onboard the Overseas Reymar tanker and has cleared the vessel to...

January 11, 2013
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Was Speed a Factor in the Overseas Reymar Allision?

As the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board launch their investigation into Monday’s tanker allision with the San Francisco Bay Bridge, information available to the public has hinted...

January 8, 2013
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NBC News: Navigating the Seas of the San Francisco Bay [VIDEO]

NBC Bay Area’s Joe Rosato Jr. gives us an inside look at the training process San Francisco Bar pilots go through, including simulator training held at the California Maritime Academy...

December 4, 2012
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

NTSB: Coast Guard’s Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing Standards Are Too Lax

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday issued a recommendation to the U.S. Coast Guard that would subject Coast Guard personnel involved in serious marine incidents to timely post-accident drug...

November 28, 2012
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Former Cosco Busan Pilot, John Cota, Wants His License Back [REPORT]

John Cota, the former San Francisco ship pilot who shot to notoriety after crashing the M/V Cosco Busan into the Bay Bridge on a typical foggy morning in November 2007,...

May 22, 2012
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Container Shipping Companies – The Ten Largest Visualized

UDPATED: January 2012 The data visualization above represents the worlds 10 largest container shipping companies by TEU capacity. WORLD TEU CAPACITY: 15,899,687 For those who prefer more traditional data we...

January 7, 2012
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Civil Settlement Reached in Cosco Busan Allision

Federal and state government officials said Monday they reached a $44.4 million settlement with the operator of a oil tanker container ship that crashed into the San Francisco Bay Bridge...

September 19, 2011
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Operators of Cosco Busan agree to pay local fisherman $3.6m in damages

The owners and operators of the Cosco Busan, Fleet Management Ltd. and Regal Stone Ltd., have agreed to pay San Francisco’s local commercial fishermen approximately $3.65 million in damages as...

January 5, 2011
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Oil Spill

Operators of Cargo Ship in SF Bay Spill Fined $10M

Chinese operator of ship that caused 2007 San Francisco Bay oil spill fined $10M SAN FRANCISCO February 19, 2010 (AP) A federal judge has ordered a Hong Kong-based company to...

February 19, 2010
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Oil Spill

Guilty Plea from Cosco Busan Operator

Some more events unfolded yesterday in the case of the Cosco Busan allision with the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  Fleet Management Ltd., the vessels operating company, plead guilty to two...

May 13, 2009
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Friday, May 8, 2009
Oil Spill

NTSB/USCG Report on Cosco Busan – Analysis of the Analysis

Analysis of the Analysis By John G. Denham Recently three ponderous documents have been published  that may eventually affect pilotage, ship management and hopefully bridge resources management (BRM): USCG report...

May 8, 2009
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

NTSB Releases Final Report on Cosco Busan Allision

Earlier today, the National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on the allision of the M/V Cosco Busan with the Delta Tower of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge on...

May 7, 2009
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Oil Spill

Poll – What Is A Fair Sentence For John Cota?

[polldaddy poll=”1441756″] To read the evidence click HERE.

March 10, 2009
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Friday, March 6, 2009
Oil Spill

John Cota, Pilot Of The Cosco Busan, Pleads Guilty

First revealed on gCaptain’s Professional Mariner Forum (LINK) last week, the news is now official… John Cota, pilot of the Cosco Busan, has plead guilty to charges and faces jail...

March 6, 2009
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Press Release from NTSB Board Meeting

Read the ful synopsis HERE Via Washington, DC – The National Transportation Safety Board determined today that a medically unfit pilot, an ineffective master, and poor communications between the...

February 18, 2009
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NTSB Board Meeting on Cosco Busan Allision

Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a public board meeting on its investigation into the Cosco Busan allision.  The goal of which, was to formally cite the probable...

February 18, 2009
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Feedback – A failure in XXX Resource Management

Perusing ” A failure in XXX Resource Management” I must accept the authors concern. Although encompassing, the point is understood: the maritime industry has problems. It is mostly people and...

November 1, 2008
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