The management company of the ship that caused an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay has offered to plead guilty to two misdemeanor environmental crimes.
Hong Kong-based Fleet Management Ltd. admitted in a court filing Monday it was partly responsible for the November 2007 disaster because of mistakes made by the ship's captain.
The Cosco Busan spilled 53,000 gallons of oil after sideswiping the Bay Bridge.
The company's request could be rejected by a federal judge if she feels the company isn't admitting enough responsibility for the crash, which killed and injured wildlife and cost more than $70 million to clean up.
The company also faces lawsuits and is charged with six felony counts of altering navigation documents and hindering the federal investigation of the spill.