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February 2013

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28 C Casualties ��Cosco-Busan pilot get sues Coast Guard to license back 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: Photo courtesy Robert Galbraith, Reuters ��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 Equatorial Guinea. Armed hijackings have been increasing in the Gulf of Guinea, which is an important source of oil and metals for global markets. For more of the Reuters story: reuters. com February 8, 2013: ��Friday,ship runs aground Cargo 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 license back. 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 season. 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 been made. 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 ship���s owner. 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 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. For more of the ABS-CBN News story: ��Thursday, February 7, 2013: sandy repairs to cost $2B, says ny-nJ port Authority 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.

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