Bay Area members of Congress suggested that tougher safeguards might be needed on cargo ships to prevent accidents like the recent Cosco Busan spill that resulted in 58,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel in San Francisco Bay. One possibility would be to require double-skins on fuel tanks or some sort of partial double hull on cargo ships. In response to the disastrous Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989, all oil tankers in U.S. waters must have double hulls by 2015. Another would be to make the Coast Guard's vessel transport system more stringent for ships entering and leaving ports, like the air traffic control system. Though the Cosco Busan did not have a double hull, it did have an added layer of safety: a tugboat, which is required in the Bay under state law for oil tankers, but not cargo ships, was attached to the ship at the time of the accident. The tug escort can push or pull ships away from trouble if they lose power, lose steering or have other problems. Yet despite that precaution, the tugboat apparently was not asked — or may have been unable — to steer the vessel clear of the collision in time. With the cause of the accident still a mystery, the fact that the tug was not able to save the ship could indicate that the pilot and crew did not realize the ship was dangerously off course, experts familiar with the case reportedly indicated.
The Senate Commerce Committee approved the Oil Spill Prevention Act, legislation introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) that aims to make ships safer and assess and improve vessel tracking procedures.Boxer said, “Californians know all too well the devastation an oil spill can cause to our waters, wildlife and our communities. Just last fall, 58,000 gallons of toxic bunker fuel poured into the San Francisco Bay after the Cosco
The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a container vessel Cosco Busan allision with the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The vessel was out bound with a pilot onboard at the time of the allision. The vessel reported damage to the forward left side and bulk fuel (MF 380) was leaking from the vessel. Visibility was limited during the time of the allision due to fog. U. S. Coast Guard and San Francisco Police Department are enforcing a 100 foot saftey zone around the vessel and the fuel in the
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings convened the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to receive a report developed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the circumstances surrounding the allision of the COSCO BUSAN with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on November 7, 2007. This report was originally requested by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi
Final Restoration Plan Completed for Cosco Busan Oil Spill; Projects will Address Impacts from Ship that Struck the Bay Bridge. State and federal trustee agencies have released the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan. The document summarizes the injuries to wildlife, habitat, and recreational uses from the oil spill that occurred on Nov. 7, 2007. It also describes a number of restoration projects that will be implemented to compensate for injuries from the
The Swedish Club Academy focuses on China during a five-day Maritime Resource Management road show at the end of March. MRM training aims at establishing safe operational cultures where teamwork and effective communication are key components, even to the extent of encouraging crew members to ‘challenge’ decisions made by their masters and superiors. “People with high rank can make mistakes too, and when they do the team members who detect it must be assertive enough to
The report was hampered in that the pilot surrendered his license shortly after the incident and the on-going criminal investigation made various possible witnesses unavailable. Nevertheless, the report concluded that pilot misconduct was a factor in the allision. Among other things, the pilot failed to utilize all available resources prior to getting underway; failed to clearly communicate with the master; failed to exercise sound judgment when he lost confidence in the radar in reduced
The National Transportation Safety Board determined on Feb. 18 that a medically unfit pilot, an ineffective master, and poor communications between the two were the cause of an accident in which the Cosco Busan container ship spilled thousands of gallons of fuel oil into the San Francisco Bay after striking a bridge support tower. On November 7, 2007, at about 8:00 a.m. PST, in heavy fog with visibility of less than a quarter mile, the Hong Kong- registered
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal prosecutors told a judge that the pilot of the container ship that struck the Bay Bridge in November 2007 ignored basic safety precautions, lied to licensing authorities about his prescription drug use, and should be sentenced to 10 months in prison, the maximum recommended by his plea agreement. Capt. John Cota's lawyers asked for a two-month sentence, the minimum term in the plea agreement
With the calling of JSS2, BNCT in Busan’s New Port adds its 12th KMTC service and hopes for more to come. This recently launched service connects Busan, South Korea with Sendai, Japan. BNCT will continue supporting Busan’s feeder network in the future with 700,000TEU additional capacity available in March 2015 linked to completion of its Phase II expansion plan.
The heavy marine transportation provider BigRoll Shipping announced its first of four MC Class vessels under construction, BigRoll Barentsz, was launched on October 27, 2015 at Cosco Dalian Shipyard. The vessel construction and commissioning remains on schedule for delivery in March 2016.
The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Kostas Ladas as general manager of its London office. Ladas joins LISCR from London-based ship and insurance broker and agent Victoria Steamship Co. Ltd
The merger deal of China’s two shipping gianst China Ocean Shipping Co., or Cosco, and China Shipping Group that could create the world’s fourth largest container operator is expected to get approval by Chinese government by January, reports WSJ.
Greece has pushed back the date for the submission of binding bids for the sale of its biggest port Piraeus (OLP) by two weeks to Dec. 15 upon investor request, the head of its privatization agency said on Thursday. China's Cosco Group
The heavy lift arm of China’s Cosco Group, China Shipping Co (Coscol) has almost doubled its profit for for the first nine months despite a fall in revenue. Coscol recorded a profit of RMB366.08m ($57.67m) from January to September, a surge of 90
Norway-headquartered drilling contractor Sevan Drilling and Chinese shipbuilder Cosco Corporation have agreed to delay the end of the first deferral period for cylindrical ultra deep water drilling rig Sevan Developer from 15 October 2015 to 1 November 2015.
Ceremony signals the start of construction for the third SEA-Vista ECO Tanker to be constructed at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start construction today for the third product tanker to be built for SEA-Vista
SSI CEO Darren Larkins continues to consult with shipbuilders around the globe on how to leverage 3D Product Data Models using Autodesk technology. His next presentation on 3D Product Data Models will be October 22 at the shipbuilding and offshore show KORMARINE in Busan.
Shipbuilding and dry bulk shipping company Cosco Corp (Singapore) expects to post a loss in the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 compared to a profit recorded in the same period a year earlier. The financial pain comes on the back of the offshore slump
Greece has pushed back the date to submit binding bids for a majority stake in its biggest port Piraeus to Dec. 3, the head of its privatization agency said on Friday. China's Cosco Group, Danish container terminal operator APM Terminals and Philippines-based International Container Terminal
China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) plans to launch regular services through the Arctic Ocean to Europe, as global warming makes the route viable and Beijing steps up its northern ambitions, says a report in AFP. Cosco’s Yong Sheng vessel completed its second round
China Cosco, the flagship unit of state conglomerate Cosco Group, swung to a net loss in the third quarter of calendar 2015 at 1.7 billion yuan. Its revenue fell 19 per cent to 14.1 billion yuan in the third quarter.
COSCO Corp (Singapore) will refund $26.3 million, or 5 percent of the contract price, plus associated interest to Sevan Drilling by December 1, 2015. Sevan Drilling and Cosco have agreed to exercise the first six-month option to extend the deferral agreement to April 15, 2016
DESMI Ocean Guard A/S to supply ballast water treatment systems to a series of new container vessels to be built at COSCO Zhoushan shipyard in China, for Danish shipper Maersk Line. DESMI Ocean Guard announced that its RayClean ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has been selected for
Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced two new services for its Far East/Southeast India network: the Chennai Express (CHX) and the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2). From January 2016, the shipper will introduce two new services, a vessel sharing agreement on the Chennai Express (CHX) and