Radar Piloting Tools, at Your Service
By Captain Brian F. Boyce, U.S. Navy (Retired)
On 7 November 2007 the container ship Cosco Busan sailed from Oakland Harbor in a dense fog. With a pilot and the master on the bridge, it was navigating primarily by electronic chart (ECDIS). As the ship approached the Oakland Bay Bridge, the pilot could no longer see. He became confused about the ECDIS display and made a late turn. The ship scraped along the bridge support pier, holing its port side in the process and spilling 53,569 gallons of fuel.