The Most Recent Ship Report Podcast:
Today we’ll talk about the anniversary this week of the 1966 opening of the Astoria Megler Bridge across the Columbia, and share some memories from Long Beach Penisula historian Frank Lehn, who crossed the bridge as a kid on vacation with his family. Frank featured an article about the bridges historic opening on his Facebook Page: The Long Beach Peninsula Friends of Facebook, a great local source for PNW information and photos.
Cruise ships under a no-sail order in the U.S. per a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Order put in place last week. There had been a no-sail order in place that would have expired July 24.
Astoria saw the return this past weekend of a young gal who graduated from high school here, and is now first officer on the cable ship Decisive, which was moored at the Port of Astoria docks. Her name is Alysia Johnson, and she’s the daughter of Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Robert Johnson. We’ll hear a bit about her life on board.
Today we’ll talk about the oil industry during the pandemic, and how shifts there mirror what’s to come in world markets.
Today we’ll talk abut liquefaction: what it is, and how it can become a signficant factor in a local earthquake in maritime areas near the ocean.
Today we’ll take a look at some maritime technology already in use on ships to sterilize ballast water, and it might have another valuable use – killing the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Today we’ll talk about an emply kayak found floating in the waters off Hawaii, and how such found small boats can trigger rescue searches, even if the boat just drifted loose on its own, and what owners can do to save rescuers valuable time and resources.
Note: Photo of the Steadfast appears here courtesy of the US Coast Guard.
Today we’ll talk about one of Astoria’s hometown ships: the USCG cutter Steadfast – “El Tiburon Blanco.”
She and her crew just returned home to Astoria from a tour of duty at sea.
A local story about an Astoria shipyard at Tongue Point that has received a federal grant for over $500k.
The same sort of resonance that makes sneaker waves rise up seemingly out of nowhere, happens on a much larger scale far out at sea, where giant rogue waves swamp ships with recordbreaking wave heights.