Bay Bridge ship safety rules to be reconsidered

  • In this image provided by the Coast Guard, a Coast Guard crew is seen enforcing a security zone around the tanker Overseas Reymar, after it collided with tower six of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The empty oil tanker ship struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, but there were no reports of leaking oil and the bridge remained open to traffic, officials said. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland)

SAN FRANCISCO — As an oil tanker that struck a San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge tower was deemed safe to leave port on Friday, the Coast Guard was calling for reconsideration of rules that allow large ships to sail in fog near the span.

Capt. Cynthia Stowe, a top Coast Guard official, on Thursday asked the San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee to reconsider the rules.

The 752-foot Overseas Reymar scraped a section of a protective fender on a bridge tower Monday as it headed out to sea.

No oil spilled as a result, the Coast Guard said.

The ship has been docked all week while investigators collected evidence, but was expected to leave the bay Friday with a tug escort after the Coast Guard determined it was safe to sail.

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