Close Call, but No Leak From Tanker Mishap

A helicopter crew found no sign of pollution during a flight this morning around a 741-foot petroleum tanker that lost propulsion near the  Marin Headlands Tuesday evening.

U.S. Coast Guard divers were on board the ship late this morning and planned to further inspect the vessel for damage today, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read said.

An initial assessment Tuesday evening also indicated the vessel had not polluted the water, Read said.

The vessel is now at Anchorage Nine near AT&T Park, Read said. It was heading from San Francisco to Ecuador when it lost propulsion around 5:30  p.m. after passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the vessel, the Overseas Cleliamar, is owned by the Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. The company's Web site lists it  as the second-largest oil tanker company in the world based on its number of  vessels.

The Overseas Cleliamar had unloaded in Martinez earlier Tuesday and was not carrying any cargo aside from the fuel for its own propulsion,  Read said.

The vessel regained power about 10 minutes after the initial distress, and several tugboats and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted the boat in  returning to San Francisco to safely dock at Anchorage Nine.

Read said this morning no one was injured in the incident and that the ship never ran aground.

The ship's master, pilot, helmsman and engineering crew all tested negative for drugs and alcohol Tuesday night, Read said.
Any further testing  of the 32 crew members will be done by Overseas Shipholding Group, Read said.

The San Francisco Bar Pilots released a statement Tuesday night, saying bar pilots train for such scenarios and thanking the Coast Guard for  assistance.

The incident remains under investigation by the Coast Guard.

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