NTSB INVESTIGATING ALLISION BETWEEN OIL TANKER AND BAY BRIDGE

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The National Transportation Safety Board and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
NTSB INVESTIGATING ALLISION BETWEEN OIL TANKER AND SAN
FRANCISCO-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE 
Jan. 8, 2013 
WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board today
announced it is investigating an allision Monday between the oil
tanker Overseas Reymar and one of the supports of the San
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. 
The NTSB named Barry Strauch the investigator-in-charge. Strauch
will coordinate with the U.S. Coast Guard, which classified the
accident today as a “major marine casualty,” because the
incident exceeded the threshold of more than $500,000 in
property damage. 
The NTSB investigated a similar accident in 2007, when the
container ship Cosco Busan hit the Bay Bridge and spilled
thousands of gallons of fuel oil into the San Francisco Bay. In
the Cosco Busan accident, the NTSB determined that a medically
unfit pilot, an ineffective master, and poor communications
between the two were the cause of the accident. Investigators
will be reviewing the circumstances of yesterday’s accident in
light of the safety recommendations made following the Cosco
Busan accident. 
Contact Information
Office of Public Affairs
490 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594 
Eric M. Weiss
(202) 314-6100
eric.weiss@ntsb.gov 
(bjh) NY 
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