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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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
Total Views: 4

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
Total Views: 39

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
Total Views: 10

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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Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Cosco Busan – A Failure in xxx Resource Management

For a business to be successful you need hard work, willingness to accept risk and a touch of luck. For gCaptain the bit of luck was someone else’s misfortune, namely...

October 30, 2008
Total Views: 12

Saturday, October 25, 2008
Oil Spill

Pilot Commission Finds Cosco Busan Pilot John Cota At Fault

Carl Nolte of the San Francisco Chronicle writes: According to a report released Thursday by the state pilot commission… “There was unequivocally pilot error,” said Gary Gleason, an attorney for...

October 25, 2008
Total Views: 16

Saturday, June 7, 2008
Oil Spill

Cosco Busan Owners Blame California

Today’s AP wire tells us: The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit six months ago accusing the pilot and the owner of the Cosco Busan of breaking environmental laws when...

June 7, 2008
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Medical Disclosure – John Cota Faces New Charges

BYM Marine and Maritime news is reporting: A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging John Joseph Cota, a U.S. Coast Guard and California licensed ship pilot, with making...

April 23, 2008
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Friday, April 11, 2008
Oil Spill

Not Being John Cota

Not Being John Cota by Bob Couttie “Capt. Cota acknowledges the lack of situational awareness and does not expect it to happen again.” Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays:...

April 11, 2008
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Oil Spill


TROUBLE ON OILY WATERS. MV COSCO BUSAN vs THE BRIDGE ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY BY John G. Denham On Wednesday 7 November 2007, it started as a short 10 AM...

April 11, 2008
Total Views: 14

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Oil Spill

Sailor, Mariners, seafarers and to whom it may concern. Cosco Busan Pilot Charged

Sailor, Mariners, seafarers and to whom it may concern by Captain John Denham The Department of Justice has submitted “information relative to a criminal action ” in U.S. District Court...

March 20, 2008
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Saturday, January 19, 2008

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...

January 19, 2008
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Friday, December 14, 2007

Cosco Busan Taking Departure – San Francisco

SF’ist blog has sent us this breaking news item: The Cosco Busan is now departing shipyard in San Francisco. UPDATES: Our friends at Jakota and BoatingSF have cleaned up the...

December 14, 2007
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Friday, December 7, 2007

San Franciso Pilots Respond To Proposed Regulations

In a well written article published by The San Francisco Chronicle Captain Peter McIsaac, president of the San Francisco Bar Pilots, lays out the reasons why federal control of shipping...

December 7, 2007
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Oil Spill

Proposed Bill Mandates An Increase Of VTS Authority

(Photo by PA2 Prentice Danner, USCG) This morning Senator Barbra Boxer and Representative Nacy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, announced a bill giving the U.S. Coast Guard broader authority to...

December 4, 2007
Total Views: 1

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Oil Spill

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...

November 20, 2007
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