A closer look at a passing container ship

Oct 06, 2022

A container ship headed out of the river past Astoria yesterday, prompting some questions from listeners about what they were seeing.┬áThis ship is on her way now to Los Angeles, part of a typical run for container ships visiting the West Coast. We’ll talk today about container ships on the Columbia.

Note: the photo here is a picture of the MSC Vita, the ship that passed by Astoria Wednesday morning. This photo appears here courtesy of the website vesselfinder.com. Many thanks to photographer Miachael Schindler, who took this picture.

A closer look at a passing container ship

A closer look at a passing container ship

A container ship headed out of the river past Astoria yesterday, prompting some questions from listeners about what they were seeing.┬áThis ship is on her way now to Los Angeles, part of a typical run for container ships visiting the West Coast. We’ll talk today about container ships on the Columbia.

Note: the photo here is a picture of the MSC Vita, the ship that passed by Astoria Wednesday morning. This photo appears here courtesy of the website vesselfinder.com. Many thanks to photographer Miachael Schindler, who took this picture.

Veering and backing: two wind terms to know

Oct 05, 2022

Today we’ll talk about ships, of course, but we’ll also talk about marine weather and wind – and two terms you might here in marine weather forecasts: referring to winds that are either “backing” or “veering.” Today’s unusual shifts in wind direction make it easy to explain.

Veering and backing: two wind terms to know

Veering and backing: two wind terms to know

Today we’ll talk about ships, of course, but we’ll also talk about marine weather and wind – and two terms you might here in marine weather forecasts: referring to winds that are either “backing” or “veering.” Today’s unusual shifts in wind direction make it easy to explain.

New Chinese tanker has automated sails on deck

Oct 04, 2022

The first merchant ship to officially incorporate wind power into its propulsion system was launched last week. The New Aden,m a VLCC tanker, has automated sails that could cut polluting emissions by 10 percent.

New Chinese tanker has automated sails on deck

The first merchant ship to officially incorporate wind power into its propulsion system was launched last week. The New Aden,m a VLCC tanker, has automated sails that could cut polluting emissions by 10 percent.

Food poisoning and crew morale

Oct 03, 2022

The Reuters news story about 12 crew members on a Chinese flag bulk carrier dying of apparent food poisoning last week highlights the importance of safe, heathful food on board ship. Wise captains make sure their crews are well fed for many reasons that go way beyond nutrition.

Food poisoning and crew morale

Food poisoning and crew morale

The Reuters news story about 12 crew members on a Chinese flag bulk carrier dying of apparent food poisoning last week highlights the importance of safe, heathful food on board ship. Wise captains make sure their crews are well fed for many reasons that go way beyond nutrition.

Ships and bad weather

Sep 30, 2022

With Hurricane Ian wreaking havoc on the East Coast, and our own difficult weather season creeping up on us, it’s a good day to talk about bad weather and ships. It’s important to know your ship and your storm before you allow them to meet.

Ships and bad weather

Ships and bad weather

With Hurricane Ian wreaking havoc on the East Coast, and our own difficult weather season creeping up on us, it’s a good day to talk about bad weather and ships. It’s important to know your ship and your storm before you allow them to meet.