Today we begin hearing an interview I did recently with Dan Sealy, a cargo hold inspector who goes down into the holds of bulk carriers anchored off Astoria in the Columbia River.

Part of his job is to check whether holds are in suitable condition to take on cargo. His work is part of the federal government’s regulation of cargoes shipped from U.S. ports.

Today in Part 1, we’ll hear a bit from Dan about the agency he works for and more about his job.

Photo Credit: Dan Sealy. Bulk carrier cargo hold.