Marine Accident Brief

Allision of Tanker Overseas Reymar with San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge

Echo tower of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
San Francisco Bay, CA
January 7, 2013

NTSB Number: MAB-13-18
Adopted: November 7, 2013

Accident Summary

On January 7, 2013, at 1118 local time, the 752 foot long tanker Overseas Reymar allided with the fendering system of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge's Echo tower. The vessel was outbound in San Francisco Bay. No one was injured and no pollution was reported. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $220,000, and the cost to repair the Echo tower's fendering system was estimated at $1.4 million.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Overseas Reymar allision with the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge was the pilot's decision to alter course from the CD span to the DE span without sufficient time to avoid alliding with the bridge's Echo tower, and the master's failure to properly oversee the pilot by engaging in a phone conversation during a critical point in the transit.