Some ship terms and what they mean

Jul 15, 2022

Today we’ll talk about common terms you might come across if you read about ships or watch any of the many videos on YouTube made by people who work in the maritime industry: tramp ship vs. liner, and various ship sizes, like: Handysize, Panamax, Suezmax and Capesize.

Some ship terms and what they mean

Some ship terms and what they mean

Today we’ll talk about common terms you might come across if you read about ships or watch any of the many videos on YouTube made by people who work in the maritime industry: tramp ship vs. liner, and various ship sizes, like: Handysize, Panamax, Suezmax and Capesize.

Flags of convenience – a look at today’s ships and what flags they’re flying

Jul 14, 2022

We’ve talked about flags of convenience before – those open registry countries like Panama that offer a low cost way for a ship owner to register their vessel and avoid the likely higher taxes and stricter safety rules of the country where they live.

Today we take a look at who’s on the river and whose flags they’re flying. Turns out it’s an interesting mix of flags of convenience, closed international registries, and US flag vessels.

Flags of convenience – a look at today’s ships and what flags they’re flying

Flags of convenience – a look at today’s ships and what flags they’re flying

We’ve talked about flags of convenience before – those open registry countries like Panama that offer a low cost way for a ship owner to register their vessel and avoid the likely higher taxes and stricter safety rules of the country where they live.

Today we take a look at who’s on the river and whose flags they’re flying. Turns out it’s an interesting mix of flags of convenience, closed international registries, and US flag vessels.

A sailboat is wrecked on the beach at Fort Stevens

May 09, 2022

Late last week a sailboat came ashore in bad weather on the beach at Fort Stevens in Clatsop County and was a total loss. The boat’s master, fortunately, was rescued by the Coast Guard. We’ll talk today about the dangerous waters boaters face, in this region we call home.

Image courtesy of USCG Station Cape Disappointment

A sailboat is wrecked on the beach at Fort Stevens

A sailboat is wrecked on the beach at Fort Stevens

Late last week a sailboat came ashore in bad weather on the beach at Fort Stevens in Clatsop County and was a total loss. The boat’s master, fortunately, was rescued by the Coast Guard. We’ll talk today about the dangerous waters boaters face, in this region we call home.

Image courtesy of USCG Station Cape Disappointment

A special ship that will be helping Tonga get its internet back

Jan 20, 2022

Today we’ll talk a little more about Tonga, and about a special kind of ship, of a type often seen here on the Columbia, that can install and repair undersea fiber optic cable. Tonga will soon have a ship like that in her waters repairing her cable and restoring internet to this island nation.

A special ship that will be helping Tonga get its internet back

A special ship that will be helping Tonga get its internet back

Today we’ll talk a little more about Tonga, and about a special kind of ship, of a type often seen here on the Columbia, that can install and repair undersea fiber optic cable. Tonga will soon have a ship like that in her waters repairing her cable and restoring internet to this island nation.

Maersk CEO calls for and end to new carbon fuel ships

Sep 14, 2021

Today we celebrate the return of rain to the dry Pacific Northwest (forecast for later this week, fingers crossed), and a look at a call from the CEO of the largest shipping company in the world for a ban on newbuilds of fossil fuel burning ships.

Photo credit Wikimedia Commons. Photographer: Łukasz Golowanow. Online at http://konflikty.pl/

Maersk CEO calls for and end to new carbon fuel ships

Maersk CEO calls for and end to new carbon fuel ships

Today we celebrate the return of rain to the dry Pacific Northwest (forecast for later this week, fingers crossed), and a look at a call from the CEO of the largest shipping company in the world for a ban on newbuilds of fossil fuel burning ships.

Photo credit Wikimedia Commons. Photographer: Łukasz Golowanow. Online at http://konflikty.pl/