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A look at marine pilots and their work on board ships

Today I'm answering a listener question about what pilots do when they are on board a ship. It's a big topic and I thought it would make a good show. So today, a quick glimpse at the complicated and demanding job that marine pilots do daily here on the Columbia River.

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A look at marine pilots and their work on board ships

Oct 02, 2023

Today I’m answering a listener question about what pilots do when they are on board a ship. It’s a big topic and I thought it would make a good show. So today, a quick glimpse at the complicated and demanding job that marine pilots do daily here on the Columbia River.

Man overboard incident highlights maritime job risks, especially in fall and winter

Sep 29, 2023

This week, a crewmember on a ship approaching Boston harbor fell overboard. He was rescued and died at the hospital.

This incident highlights the risky nature of maritime work, especially in fall and winter months. A similar incident happened here on the Columbia a number of years ago. We’ll talk about why rescues like this can fail despite everyone’s best efforts. And how maritime work is hazardous year round.

Repositioning cruises visit Astoria as fall arrives

Sep 28, 2023

With cruise ships in town the past two days, you might be wondering what cruise ships are doing coming to Astoria in the fall, especially with the weather being a bit of a issue the past few days. Aren’t cruises a summer thing? Turns out they can also be an off season thing. That’s thanks to the concept of the “repositioning cruise.”

For folks who like a slower paced, perhaps longer cruise, that’s cheaper than one you might take in the summer – and if you like the idea of spending more time at sea than in port – this could be the cruise for you.

Photo: The Majestic Princess is visiting Astoria today on a repositioning cruise. Photo credit: Joanne Rideout

Weather drama continues, and we’ll talk about forecasting

Sep 26, 2023

“If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” – that’s an old saying. But some folks get mad when they don’t like the weather, and blame the forecasters. We’ll talk about why weather prediction, especially on the coast here, is part art and part science. And sometimes the weather itself couldn’t give a hoot about our ideas about what should happen.

The autumnal equinox happens Saturday

Sep 22, 2023

Today we’ll talk about what the autumnal equinox really is and why it affects everything so much on our planet. Kind of a refresher of what we learned in school, but we probably haven’t thought about it much lately. So we’ll talk about equinoxes, seasons, and – what’s an equator, and where is it exactly?

 

The dangers of being far out to sea in a vessel when something goes wrong

Sep 20, 2023

Today we’ll talk about an emergency at sea in the Ocean Globe Race, the round the world race that started just 10 days ago in the UK. A crew member on one of the sailboats suffered an injury that was so severe he needed to be rescued. The incident shows the limits of rescue at sea, and also the dangerous environment mariners take on when they go far offshore.

Image Caption: The crew of French OGR entrant Triana (66) FR assisted St├ęphane Raguenes into the liferaft before being winched onboard the helicopter and flown to Madeira for medical attention. Credit: OGR 2023 / Margault Demasles

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