Tanker strikes San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

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The crew of the Overseas Reymar reported no loss of steering or propulsion, and initial investigations showed no water leaks from any of the ballast tanks, said Darrell Wilson, a spokesman for OSG.

“The ship’s crew safely anchored the vessel and made all proper notifications to the authorities,” Mr. Wilson said.

California Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jordan Scott said the superstructure of the bridge was fine.

“There is some damage to the vessel, but nothing that poses a danger to anybody,” Mr. Scott said. “A fireboat is out there to make sure it stays that way, and it should.”

The tower of the bridge appeared to be fine from a distance, added California Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Ney. A fender system made of steel and wooden timbers was built onto the west span to absorb such strikes, he said.

Investigators have not yet said why the crash occurred. The tanker docked west of Yerba Buena Island immediately following the crash.

State law requires a bar pilot to guide every large vessel — be it a luxury liner, a billionaire’s yacht, aircraft carrier or cargo ship — in, out and around the San Francisco Bay.

The pilots’ role came under intense scrutiny in the crash of the Cosco Busan. The companies responsible for the Cosco Busan paid close to $60 million for the cleanup and in criminal fines.

• Associated Press writers Lisa Leff, Sudhin Thanawala and Terence Chea contributed to this article.

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