Russia has deployed a floating nuclear reactor into Arctic waters to bring electricity to a remote village. In the fragile far north environment with few rescue services available, what could possibly go wrong?
Today we’ll talk about an odd phenomenon that affects certain kinds of cargoes, such as nickel ore. It’s called liquefaction, and it describes a situation in which a solid suddenly starts to behave like a liquid, with disastrous consequences for ships at sea.
Scientists have discovered that the presence of beavers in an ecosystem, simply going about their business, do wonderful things that help enrich and preserve salmon habitat in estuaries.
Recantly we’ve been feeling fall in the air, even though it’s technically still summer. Once September hits, we’ll see two different falls come into play in the calendar: meteorological fall, which starts September 1, and astronomical fall, which occurs on the fall equinox on September 21.
The Port of Astoria has begun charging passing ships a fee, even if they don’t stop at the port. The move has upriver shipping interests crying foul. The port claims it offers the only safe haven on the lower river if ships get in trouble. Opponents say the added fees will help make the river unattractive to customers.
Ships always seem to be getting bigger. Today we’ll talk about the biggest container ship in the world, currently. She’s capable of carrying several times the number of containers we’ve seen on container ships here on the Columbia.