Cosco Busan Oil Spill
On Nov. 7, 2007, the container ship Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay, California in heavy fog, resulting in a 100-foot gash in the hull of the vessel and release of 58,000 gallons of fuel oil into the bay. The spill precipitated widespread beach closures, recreational and commercial fishery closures, and cancellation of many activities associated with use of Bay waters.
OR&R oceanographers modeled how wind, waves, tides, and weather would carry the ship's fuel oil across San Francisco Bay.
Staff from the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program, along with representatives from multiple federal and state agencies, completed the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and have been implementing restoration following settlement of this case.