The Most Recent Ship Report Podcast:
A quick look at world shipping: China may be emerging from its coronavirus woes, and the IMO urges ports worldwide to remain open to maintain the flow of goods, and ship traffic.
Note: The lovely photo accompanying this post was taken by Astoria photographer Scott Saulsbury. You’ll find his iconic shots on his Facebook page, and also in this book: https://www.blurb.com/b/5184191-light-water-and-steel
Many thanks to Scott for the use of his image of a bulk carrier docked in Astoria.
Off the west coast of the US, there’s an odd sort of ship showing up these days: oil tankers, more than two dozen off California, that have come there not to deliver or pickup up cargo, but to sit at anchor and store it, as petroleum futures hit record lows.
A great hometown story about an Astoria fisherman and restaurateur who’s partnered with a local whiskey distiller – turns out whiskey aged at sea tastes world’s better than the landlocked variety.
This is a big topic: getting around at night on the river… Today we talk about what buoys do, what their different colors mean and how their lights match their painted colors. It’s all very important info for people trying to get around on the river at night.
As part of our continuing look at the natural world around us, at things you might have more time to notice these days, today we talk about nighttime on the river, which can be a time of great confusion for people in vessels, unless they know what to look for.
Received a listener question from a person who wondered about tides in Willapa Bay, when do they happen – because different tide tables he consulted seemed to have different times on them, even though they were all for Willapa Bay.
Today we’ll talk about tidal variations across areas – and how it’s all relative, so to speak.
Each day tidal currents race up and down the river off Astoria. We notice them occasionally when we stop to look at anchored ships or see a buoy leaning in the rushing water. Today we take a closer look at this ubiquitous aspect of river life.
Here on the West Coast, we treasure our sunsets. But most of us take in this pleasing sight without knowing much about it. Today we look more closely at the sunset.
We’re used to igrnoring the Sun, pretty much. It rises, it sets. It’s covered by clouds a lot here. But there’s lot’s more to know. Today we talk a bit about the Sun.
With many of us having more time on our hands as we stay at home to flatten the pandemic curve, this may present an opportunity to observe the natural world around us more closely. Today we take a look at something that happens every day here: the changing of the tides.
This lovely photo was taken by Astoria photographer Scott Saulsbury. You’ll find his photos on Facebook and also in his book, Light, Water, and Steel: https://www.blurb.com/b/5184191-light-water-and-steel