The Most Recent Ship Report Podcast:
The cruise industry continues to be heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Closer than usual look at the individual ships coming and going on the river today.
Another look at cruises and the pandemic.
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.
The USNS Mercy is on the River today. She’s coming to the shipyard at Swan Island in Portland. She’s one of two Military Sealift Command hospital ships that have been enlisted to provide medical support during the pandemic. The USNS Mercy is on the West Coast, and the USNS Comfort is on the East Coast. These ships are easy to spot: bright white with red crosses on their sides.
Photo: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexa M. Hernandez, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. This photo shows the ship in Los Angeles with the US Marines as part of the US government COVID-19 response.
Today we’ll talk about the oil industry during the pandemic, and how shifts there mirror what’s to come in world markets.
As the pandemic progresses, and people stay home more, oil consumption is down. That’s a good thing for the environment, but the world’s oil industry and the global economy are seeing changes that aren’t all good news.
Image courtesy Columbia River Bar Pilots. www.columbiariverbarpilots.com
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.