State auditor issued report against Bay Area Bar Pilots

November 24, 2009 6:56:25 PM PST
The state auditor issued a scathing report on the board that oversees the Bay Area's Bar Pilots -- they're the ones who guide ships in and out of San Francisco Bay.

Among the conclusions:

  • Many pilots may not have been properly trained or evaluated, some were allowed to work without getting a required physical.
  • The board took too long to complete its accident investigations.
  • Pilots were allowed to fly business class to France for a seminar when they could have flown cheaper.
A Bar Pilot was held accountable for the crash of the Cosco Busan, and the oil spill that resulted, two years ago this month.