Pilot who struck Bay Bridge had 3 prior mishaps

Associated Press
The tanker Overseas Reymar travels in the San Francisco bay from Yerba Buena Island, Calif., Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The empty oil tanker ship struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, but there were no reports of leaking oil and the bridge remained open to traffic, officials said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The pilot of the empty oil tanker that grazed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had three minor shipping mishaps previously.

California Board of Pilot Commissioners records show that pilot Guy Kleess was at fault for two of the accidents. In one, a dock in the Port of Stockton was damaged in 2009. In the other, a tugboat tending to his ship briefly grounded in the Port of Richmond in 2010.

Kleess was held blameless in a third accident when a ship he was piloting briefly grounded in the Sacramento River.

A call to Kleess' San Francisco home Tuesday went unanswered.

Board chief Allen Garfinkle said both previous mishaps blamed on Kleess were considered minor and that the pilot is held in high regard.

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