Human error on tug likely caused barge to strike bridge

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Human error on a tugboat probably caused a fuel barge to strike the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. No fuel spilled from the barge, but the bridge fender was damaged. A strong current behind the barge may have made the transit too hazardous, the newspaper reported. The Coast Guard said it ruled out equipment failure.
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By Professional Mariner Staff