Cosco Busan Departs San Francisco

This time the Cosco Busan's departure is not a drill and we made sure to get video evidence of the fact! The San Francisco Chronicle tells us; The U.S. Coast Guard said temporary repairs to the 900-foot Cosco Busan had been completed and that the vessel and the crew were cleared to sail. The ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge around 11:30 a.m. Meanwhile, Caltrans … [Read more...]

Admiral Bone Responds to Critisism

Rear Admiral Craig E. Bone is not one to back down from criticism, his comments regarding questions we posed to the San Francisco Chronicle were strong and to the point. Perhaps it's for this reason Admiral Thad Allen, a straight talker himself, appointed him to the high profile position early this summer. Taking a proactive stance to defense, Admiral Bone today responded to … [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...]

VTS Warning to Cosco Busan Pilot

National news sources are publishing a story about the VTS warning to the Cosco Busan's pilot Jim Cota. In a story titled "Ship Got No Alert From Coast Guard" the New York Times writes: The Coast Guard did not warn helmsmen of a cargo ship that spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay that the ship was poised to hit the Bay Bridge, investigators with the National … [Read more...]

San Francisco Pilot’s Report Published

The San Francisco Chronicle has published the Pilot's Report on the Cosco Busan Incident. Here are the parts of interest to mariners; Meadows said problems also cropped up in "bridge management," the communication between the pilot, who had years of experience on the bay, and the ship's officers, who had never navigated the bay in the Cosco Busan. All were supposed to work … [Read more...]