Oil spill - Cosco Busan

By Accidents

The owners and managers of a container vessel that crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 2007 and released thousands of gallons of oil into San Francisco waters have sued the Northern California pharmacists they claim poorly dispensed prescription drugs to the captain of the Cosco Busan.
The owner of the vessel, Regal Stone Ltd., and operator Fleet Management Ltd. Alleged in court papers filed in San Francisco Superior Court Friday that the pills "recklessly" given by pharmacists at a Longs drug store in Petaluma, Calif. had so clouded pilot John Cota's judgment and dulled his reflexes that they led to the crash.
The vessel released more than 50,000 gallons of oil into waters after it hit the bridge tower. The fuel moved to beaches north and south of San Francisco, and Scientists have accused the spill for the deaths of more than 2,400 birds.

A year ago, Regal Stone and Fleet Management complied to give $4.4 million in damages to federal, state and local agencies and also paid $3.6 million to 120 members of the Bay Area fishing community, the San Francisco Chronicle informed. Fleet Management was fined $10 million afterwards the firm pleaded guilty to polluting and filing documents with false information.
An investigation of the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that Cota's cognitive abilities had been degraded by prescription drug use. The board also faulted Cota, who had been a licensed captain for 27 years, for choosing to sail in heavy fog, misreading the vessel's radar and navigation charts and was not able to share his navigation plan with the pilot.
Cota pleaded guilty in 2009 to federal charges of causing water pollution and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.