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San Francisco Bar Pilots Association
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Port Agent: Captain Peter McIsaac
Port Agent and San Francisco Bar ...
Port Agent and San Francisco Bar Pilots Association President Captain Peter McIsaac presents a gift basket on behalf of Pier 9 tenants to Larry Peoples, who is retiring from the Port of San Francisco after 28 years.
"Larry has always greeted visitors and regulars alike with a smile," said Captain McIsaac
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Captain Peter McIsaac
President and Port Agent of San Francisco Bar Pilot Association.
Peter (or Captain McIsaac) has been a pilot since 1994 and a professional mariner since 1977.
The San Francisco Bar Pilots navigate commercial ships to and from the nine ports within San Francisco Bay and the Port of Monterey.
He is the Pacific Region VP of the American Pilots Association.
Capt. Peter McIsaac, ...
Capt. Peter McIsaac, president of the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association, said his organization tested the pilot on board for drugs and alcohol after the accident.
alcohol test, but we don't get the drug test results back for a couple of days," McIsaac
said it appears the ship, with a crew of about 20, had offloaded its oil and sailed under the Bay Bridge to wait at an area called Anchorage 9 to refuel and take on food before heading out to sea.
Its itinerary shows it was heading for Esmeraldas, Ecuador, a major coastal oil refining city.
As the ship sailed toward the ocean, it clipped the Bay Bridge.
"There was an ebb tide and limited visibility," McIsaac
Peter McIsaac, president of ...
Peter McIsaac, president of the San Francisco Bar Pilots association, has known Kleess since 2003 and called him "very smart and energetic.
characterized the three previous incidents as minor, saying they happened in narrow waterways where such accidents would be more likely than in wide bays.
is a competent mariner," McIsaac
said two factors that may have contributed to Monday's collision were a fast-moving fog bank and a strong current.
The association's guidelines recommend that a pilot not start a journey if visibility is below a half-mile, and officials have said visibility at the time of the accident was a quarter-mile.
"However, we think he
had adequate visibility when he
left and then it changed," McIsaac
"In the winter, the fog is unpredictable."
Tide tables show that the current was flowing at one of its strongest ebbs of the day when the ship grazed the bridge tower at 11:20 a.m., McIsaac
"It looks to me like he
was trying to steer away from the tower at the time of the incident," McIsaac
said the latest accident surprised him, given what he
described as an otherwise good safety record for bay shipping.
"I thought the one in 2007 was a 100-year incident," he