Thursday, November 15, 2007

Path of the Cosco Busan

If you would like to see the path of the Cosco Busan as it "touched" the Delta Tower of the Bay Bridge, check out this movie from Boating SF. It can take a minute to load. This website also shows a live update of current traffic in the SF Bay.

There have been some hearings on what happened and the final story is still being determined (written?). In the meantime, here's a press release from the Coast Guard.

Press Release

Date: Nov. 15, 2007

Contact: Unified Command
Joint Information Center
(415) 398-9218
(415) 398-9621


Cosco Busan Oil Spill Update (Nov. 15, 2007)

SAN FRANCISCO- The Cosco Busan Incident Unified Command announced today that oil spill clean-up efforts have transitioned from on the water recovery to beach clean-up, pressure washing of seawalls and shore structures, and decontamination of some vessels and equipment used in the response.

Removal of visible oil has been completed for the following areas: Stinson Beach, RCA Beach, Agate, Kirby Cove, Fort Funston, Baker Beach, China Beach, Pier 1-39, Crissy Field, and Pacifica Pier.

Re-oiling is possible as wind and wave action can transport oil from impacted beaches to beaches that have already been cleaned. The unified command is monitoring beaches and is prepared to respond immediately if re-oiling occurs.

Removal of oil from the shorelines at beaches by trained volunteers and professional responders in San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda and San Mateo counties will continue in these areas: Angel Island, Ocean Beach, Brooks Island, Albany Beach, Berkley Marina, Radio Tower, Rodeo Beach, and Muir Beach.

A list of beaches where the public can assist in cleanup efforts without hazardous material training can also be found at

A coordinator will be on-site to provide direction to the volunteers. Any volunteer who finds oiled material must report it to the coordinator on site.

The public is still urged to avoid areas and wildlife that are affected. Untrained volunteers can cause further damage to the environment and stress on the wildlife.

Concerned citizens should call (415) 701-2311 to report any sightings of oiled wildlife.

Members of the community without proper training should not attempt to collect the oil, since it needs to be disposed of properly to prevent broader contamination and re-introduction to the environment. In addition, exposure to the oil can be hazardous for your health.

The most recent information about the clean up is as follows:
Total personnel employed: 1399
Total gallons discharged: approx. 58,000
Total gallons oil recovered to date: approx. 16,974
Total gallons evaporated: approx. 4,060
Total birds captured: 888
Total dead birds: 830
Number beaches closed: 27
Number active skimmers: 1
Number of support vessels: 25
Number of volunteer fishing vessels (sheen cleanup): 20
Number shoreline cleanup teams: 16
Number of wildlife personnel: 169 (including 142 volunteers)
Feet of boom laid out: 27,500
Number of contracted aircraft: 2

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