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HSC Best Maritime Practice

The container ship Cosco Busan allided with the Oakland Bay Bridge November 7, 2007, releasing approximately 53,000 gallons of fuel oil. Shortly afterward, Governor Schwarzenegger issued a directive to investigate and make recommendations on the navigational and operational aspects of the Cosco Busan allision. The HSC was assigned this task by OSPR. HSC Work Groups discussed the issues at length, developing recommendations to improve vessel transit in the Bay. The findings and recommendations developed by the Harbor Safety Committee in light of the allision covered a number of topics, some of which are included in the Harbor Safety Plan.

Prior to the Cosco Busan incident, OSPR had directed the five Harbor Safety Committees in California to adopt Best Maritime Practices for each harbor to ensure that vessels in transit will be aware of the guidelines of operation in California harbors, to be incorporated into each Harbor Safety Plan. During 2008 and early 2009, the S.F. Harbor Safety Committee developed a number of Best Maritime Practices (BMP) for safe navigation in the San Francisco Bay Region; subsequently, other BMP have been added. These guidelines, files for download listed below, provide important information necessary for safe, reliable and environmentally sound vessel movements in and around San Francisco Bay.

pdf Anchorage 9 Berth Layout Information Sheet.pdf
pdf Communication Procedures to Improve Safety During Bunker Barge Transfer Operations Alongside Container Vessels.pdf
pdf Dead Ship Tows in San Francisco Bay.pdf
pdf Emergency Offshore Towing.pdf
pdf Emergency Training for Tug Escorting.pdf
pdf Ferries Recommended Guidelines for Navigating in Reduced Visibility and Severe Weather.pdf
pdf Large Vessels and Tugs with Tows greater than 1600 Gross Tons.pdf
pdf Passenger Ferry Traffic Routing Protocol.pdf
pdf SF Bar Pilots Use of Portable Navigation Units.pdf
pdf Tugs with Tows less than 1600 Gross Tons.pdf


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