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Pilot averted tanker collision

Pilot averted tanker collision
A pilot's quick thinking helped avert a collision between an OSG panamax tanker and cliffs off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

A pilot's quick thinking helped avert a collision between an OSG panamax tanker and cliffs off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

A pilot's quick thinking helped avert a collision between an OSG panamax tanker and cliffs off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

The 1993-built 68,600 dwt Overseas Cleliamar lost power just outside the Golden Gate Bridge last Tuesday.

The tanker had just been ordered to make a slight turn and was headed towards the cliffs of nearby Marin Headlands when it lost its propulsion and steering.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, local bar pilot Capt. Dave McCloy had minutes to prevent the tanker hitting the rocks.

Capt. McCloy was said to have ordered the crew to partially lower the starboard anchor, which took hold not far from a rocky point.

The president of the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association said Capt. McCloy did ?a great job.?

A bar pilot is a maritime pilot experienced at navigating ships over shoals and sandbars, which are often found near major harbours.

The US Coast Guard had last week already reported no environmental risks or crew injuries from the stalling of the tanker.

The tanker was reportedly able to regain power within 10 minutes and was helped back to port by tugs.

The crude oil tanker-classed Overseas Cleliamar is owned and operated by the Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc (OSG) and flagged in the Marshall Islands.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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