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Oil spill hits beaches in Oregon and Washington

Today, a few things: We'll talk about two maritime related holidays that happened this week: International Turtle Day and National Maritime Day. And a note of concern as this holiday weekend arrives: mysterious tar balls have been showing up on beaches in SW Washington and Oregon, along with oil soaked wildlife. So far authorities have not been able to determine the cause. If you see a bird or other creature covered in oil, call 1-800-22-BIRDS. (1-800-222-4737). This hotline is good in both...

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Oil spill hits beaches in Oregon and Washington

May 24, 2024

Today, a few things: We’ll talk about two maritime related holidays that happened this week: International Turtle Day and National Maritime Day.

And a note of concern as this holiday weekend arrives: mysterious tar balls have been showing up on beaches in SW Washington and Oregon, along with oil soaked wildlife. So far authorities have not been able to determine the cause.

If you see a bird or other creature covered in oil, call 1-800-22-BIRDS. (1-800-222-4737). This hotline is good in both Oregon and Washington.

Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript052424.pdf

Update on the containership Dali in Baltimore

May 23, 2024

It’s been less than two months since the containership Dali lost control as was leaving Baltimore Harbor at night, hitting the Francis Scott Key Bridge and destroying it, causing the deaths of bridge workers, and closing this key US harbor to vessel traffic.

Since then a unified command operation of skilled agencies and experts have been working to clear navigation channels so ships can resume calling on the port.

This week they made huge progress and were able to move the ship out of the way and open the deep draft ship channel.

We’ll talk about what it took to get there.

Photo: Salvage operations on the containership Dali in Baltimore Harbor. Image from DVIDS, courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers.

Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript052324.pdf

The US Coast Guard overseas

May 22, 2024

Most people know that the US Coast Guard is a big presence in our coastal waters. But the Coast Guard also has a big international presence too, in over 160 countries.

Today we’ll talk more about the US Coast Guard, our fleet of ships and how to tell them apart, and the many Coast Guards of other nations, some of whom have partnerships with ours.

Photo: The USCGC David Duren at the 17th St. dock in Astoria, Oregon. Photo credit: Bruce Cary Jones, executive director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, and retired USCG commander.

Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript052224.pdf

Astoria gets a new Coast Guard Cutter

May 21, 2024

Yesterday, a new Coast Guard Cutter came to town, she’s the GCG David Duren, named for an enlisted hero whose nickname was “Big Wave Dave.” She’ll be at the Astoria dock for awhile, until her new digs at Tongue Point are ready.

The Coast Guard will hold a comissioning ceremony at the Columbia River Maritime Museum on June 27. The Duren is docked at the 17th Street Pier by the museum.

Photo is of the David Duran docked at the 17th St dock by the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria.

Photo credit: Columbia River Maritime  Museum Executive Director and ret. Coast Guard Commander Bruce Cary Jones.

Transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript052124.pdf

Container service could continue at the Port of Portland

May 20, 2024

The latest news about container service at the Port of Portland is that Oregon’s governor has a plan to shore up the port for now, with $40 million in support. The caveat: the port must create a sustainability plan for its container service.

Show transcripts here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript052024.pdf

Another oiler in town, and yes, the water is cold

May 17, 2024

Today we’ll look at today’s schedule, which includes another military replenishment oiler like the one we saw yesterday (a ship that can refuel other ships at sea).

And also a footnote about the beach this week… where I personally tried wading briefly in the ocean to see how cold it really is. The answer: it’s really COLD, yes, capital letters cold. Cold enough to make your feet ache.

Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript051724.pdf

The plumb bow

May 16, 2024

Today, a brief dive into vessel design and some of the factors that can affect why boats and ships look the way they do. Today we’ll look at the plumb bow feature you may see on ships and on some recreational boats and why a designer might choose to design a vessel this way.

Show  transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript051624.pdf

Normalizing water safety: an idea whose time has come

May 15, 2024

We do a lot to warn people about water safety, but perhaps not enough to change their minds about how they see it, as a concept in their lives.

For everyone’s benefit: victims, emergency first responders and Good Samaritans, it’s time to make water safety “cool.”

Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript051524.pdf

Today’s maritime term: lightering

May 14, 2024

Today we’ll take another look at a specialized maritime term, one that may seem odd to folks not involved in the maritime industry. This word, llightering, has to do with the process of moving cargo, and sometimes fuel, usually from a larger vessel to a smaller one, for the purposes of making the other vessel lighter, and more able to maneuver, especially when it comes to water depth at the dock.

Show transcript here; http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript051424.pdf

The origin and meaning of a common maritime industry term: bunkering

May 13, 2024

Folks familiar with the maritime industry use this word a lot: “bunker” or “bunkering” or even “bunkers.”

It’s not a word whose meaning you can easily figure out just by hearing it, but it refers to the fuel ships use and the process of filling up a ship’s tanks so she has fuel to travel at sea.

Today we’ll talk about bunker and bunkering, and exactly what those terms mean. And how this important maritime function came to be named in such an apparently nonintuitive way.

Show transcript available here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript051324.pdf

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