��Cosco-Busan pilot get
sues Coast Guard to
for safety-sensitive positions.���
The National Transportation Safety
Board hearing on the Cosco-Busan
incident faulted the Coast Guard���s
medical-screening process, which has
since been revamped.
For more of the San Francisco
Chronicle story: sfgate.com
Photo courtesy Robert Galbraith,
��Monday, February 11, 2013:
2,300 rounds of ammo
its citizens were among the hostages
taken between the Cameroonian port
of Douala and the port of Malabo in
Armed hijackings have been increasing
in the Gulf of Guinea, which is an
important source of oil and metals for
For more of the Reuters story: reuters.
February 8, 2013:
��Friday,ship runs aground
seized at port of oakland off coast of philippine
U.S. Customs and Border Protection island
The bar pilot who was in charge of the
900-foot container ship Cosco-Busan in
2007 when it hit the Bay Bridge, spilling
53,000 gallons of oil into the bay, is suing
the U.S. Coast Guard to get his pilot���s
John Cota said the Coast Guard���s
reasons for refusing to renew his license
were ���unjustified,��� and filed suit Friday in
an Oakland federal court. Cota, 65, was
taking up to 19 medications when the
Cosco-Busan struck a tower of the Bay
Bridge���s western span Nov. 7, 2007.
A federal ruling found that he
had not disclosed all of his medical
conditions to the Coast Guard, and
that his use of prescription drugs likely
contributed to his ���degraded cognitive
performance��� before the crash.
Cota served 10 months in federal prison
for misdemeanor violations of the Clean
Water Act. The oil spill ruined beaches
from Marin to San Mateo County, killing
7,000 birds and reducing the spawning
herring population by 29 percent that
Cota���s suit claims the Coast Guard
tricked him into surrendering his stateissued bar pilot���s license in 2008 in
a ���sham��� voluntary agreement, then
found bogus reasons not to renew them.
The Coast Guard stated the reason for
refusing the renewal was because Cota
was taking Provigil, a stimulant for his
sleep apnea, a drug that is not ���acceptable
agents seized approximately 2,300
rounds of ammunition and the cars that
were to be used to smuggle at the Port of
Oakland, according to a CBP spokesman.
Authorities examined an outbound
shipping container at the port in early
December and became suspicious, CBP
spokesman Frank Falcon said.
While searching three cars bound for
Mongolia, agents discovered high-power
rifle and shotgun rounds, Falcon said.
The container was taken to a secure
location to be unloaded, he said.
When the 2006 Lexus RX400, the 2006
Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2007 Toyota
Camry were taken apart, ammo was
also found in the air filters, according
to Falcon. He said no arrests have
For more of the NBC Bay Area story:
��Monday, February 11, 2013:
pirates attack British
cargo ship, kidnap 3
Pirates attacked a British-owned
cargo ship on Thursday in the Gulf
of Guinea in West Africa, kidnapping
three crewmembers, according to the
Pirates came aboard the UK-flagged
Esther C and stole some property, took
the sailors and left, Carisbrooke Shipping
reported in a statement.
Russia���s foreign ministry said two of
February 2013 www.cargobusinessnews.com
A cargo ship, the MV Ladylin, ran
aground Tuesday night off the island of
Dassalan, Basilan in the Philippines after
its engine failed, officials said.
The MV Ladylin was headed for TawiTawi carrying 20,000 bags of cement
when it bogged down, according to
Lieutenant Commander Eliezer Dalnay
of Zamboanga coast guard.
The Philippine Coast Guard went to
the site on Wednesday to rescue the
seafarers. There were no casualties.
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��Thursday, February 7, 2013:
sandy repairs to cost
$2B, says ny-nJ port
It will cost more than $2 billion to
repair port damage from Hurricane
Sandy, but the executive director of The
Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey said Wednesday at a monthly
board meeting that the final fiscal impact
should be small.
Executive director Patrick Foye
said insurance policies held by the
Port Authority, along with expected
reimbursements from federal
agencies such as the Federal Transit
Administration and the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, should
significantly ease the cleanup costs.