Reflections on the Cosco Busan Pollution Response

The Cosco Busan, a 900 foot long container ship, allided with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Delta Tower abutment on the morning of November 7, 2007. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sector San Francisco was immediately notified by the San Francisco Vessel Traffic Service (VTS). The allision damaged the ship in such a way that an estimated 53,569 gallons of fuel oil were almost instantaneously discharged and, with the next falling tide, swept seaward. Thousands of workers were involved in addressing and mitigating spill effects over the next year, resulting in recovery of 43% of the total spill. This article profiles lessons learned from the incident and recovery efforts, as well as changes made as a result. In all USCG Sector San Francisco, the harbor safety committee, and the local community used this to create several positive changes to enhance prevention and response preparedness. These changes affected the harbor safety plan, San Francisco VTS policy, notification standard operating procedures, public affairs training, and area committee planning. An insert describes what USCG incident-specific preparedness review is.


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  • Accession Number: 01151073
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 20 2010 10:33AM