One consequence of the cessation of cruises during the pandemic is that idle cruise ships are deterorating from lack of use. And more and more of them are simply being scrapped by companies who no longer want to pay to maintain them.
There are new rules afoot for commercial and recreational fishing on the mainstem Columbia River, slated to take effect next year. The new rules reverse some changes made seven years ago when commercial fishers were banned from the mainstem of the river. And commercial fishermen are now entitled to a larger share of the total allowed catch for the season.
There are basically two general types of bulk carriers we see on the Columbia: geared and gearless. Today we talk about what that means.
There will soon be a sailing car carrier (RO-RO: roll on- roll off vessel) on the high seas, built in Sweden.
We’re over our heads in wildfire smoke locally and that’s making for some foggy/smoky days on the river. Ships are noisier than usual, to keep themselves and their fellow travelers in other vessels safe from collisions. Let’s look at common ship horn signals you’re likely to hear on the river – a lot – this week.
All ships have a life span and need to retire eventually. The reason can be metal fatigue, when structural steel reaches the end of its flexibility and safety, often in the ship’s hull.