Containership hits Bay Bridge, spills oil
A 68,000-deadweight-ton container ship, COSCO Busan, has spilled thousands of gallons of bunker fuel into the San Francisco Bay after it struck one of the Bay Bridge’s towers in heavy fog on Wednesday morning.
Reports suggest that there has been no damage to the bridge while the vessel has moved to Anchorage 9, just off Candlestick Point, to await further orders.
The 5,447-TEU vessel is chartered by South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping from Greek firm Synergy Maritime. It was deployed on the weekly CAX service and was headed from Oakland to the port of Busan in Korea. COSCO Container Lines and Yang Ming, two of Hanjin’s partners in the CKYH Alliance, also take slots on the service.
“As Synergy Maritime fully operates the ship as well as manages the entire crew including the captain, Hanjin Shipping has no legal responsibility in this accident,” the Seoul-based carrier said in a statement.