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Marine Log


January 7, 2008

Dry dock crane falls into San Francisco Bay

A crane with the operator aboard fell from one of the dry docks at BAE Systems Shipyard at Pier 70 in San Francisco today, spilling a small amount of oil into the water.

The unidentified man was not hurt, the San Francisco Chronicle quotes fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge as saying.

The 100-ton crane, owned by BAE Systems, was on a sliding rail system at a dry dock at Pier 70 when it suddenly tilted to one side and fell into the water shortly before 10 a.m., Talmadge is reported as saying. The operator, sitting in a control booth on the crane, was immediately scooped up by the crew of a nearby tugboat, Talmadge said. He did not appear to be injured but was taken away by paramedics for observation as a precaution.

A sheen was reported around the dry dock, prompting the Coast Guard to send two boats and a team of investigators to the scene. The boat crew confirmed there was a sheen.

The company, BAE Systems, deployed two of its own boats with crews trained in hazardous material response. Within 30 minutes of the incident, boom was laid around the dry dock, containing the sheen. The company's crews worked to clean up the spill with oil absorbing material.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will investigate the incident.