US Coast Guard : Cosco Busan Pilot "Incompetent"

 allision, collision, competence, competency, pilotage  Comments Off on US Coast Guard : Cosco Busan Pilot "Incompetent"
Dec 112007

John J. Cota, who was the pilot aboard the Cosco Busan when it contacted the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been asked to surrender his Merchant Marine Officer’s license to the US Coast Guard.

An announcement from the Coast Guard says:

C”oast Guard Sector San Francisco has requested Capt. John J. Cota to voluntarily deposit his Federal Merchant Marine Officer’s license with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard believes he is not physically competent to maintain the license.

Capt. Cota was the ship’s pilot, operating under the authority of a State of California pilot’s license, at the time of the incident.

Voluntary deposit is an administrative procedure used in cases where there is evidence of mental or physical incompetence. The mariner deposits his license with the Coast Guard on condition that the Coast Guard will not return it until the Coast Guard receives satisfactory evidence that the mariner is considered fit for full duty without qualification, and the mariner initiates action to regain his credentials. This gives the Coast Guard an assurance that the mariner is not working as a vessel pilot or officer.

If Capt. Cota refuses to voluntarily deposit his Federal Merchant Marine Officer’s license, the Coast Guard has the option to charge Capt. Cota with incompetence and request a hearing before an administrative law judge to seek suspension or revocation of his license.”

Captain Cota is currently facing charges of misconduct from the  the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun.

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Headwind Of “Huh?” And Death In Spaces

 competence, competency, enclosed space, SafeSpace  Comments Off on Headwind Of “Huh?” And Death In Spaces
Nov 082007

The Viking Islay incident has sharpened up concern about the continuing number of fatalities in enclosed spaces aboard ships. The Maritime Accident Investigators International Forum, MAIIF, has got the bit between its teeth for a submission to the IMO. Talking to maritime investigators regularly what comes through is a sense of frustration at being called upon to investigate the same sort of incidents, with the same type of fatalities, time and time again. Their job, after all, is to find out the lessons to be learned from such incidents and disseminate those lessons throughout the industry, but not enough people seem to be listening.

What is especially tragic is that all too often seafarers die trying to save others who have got into trouble in enclosed spaces, often officers whose responsibilities include supervision and enforcement of safe entry procedures.

So what on earth is going on? Continue reading »

 Posted by at 08:55