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As the effects of the pandemic continue in global shipping, we’re seeing prices rise sharply on container goods. The result could be higher prices on familiar goods, like coffee, toys and furniture. Some goods like anchovies and olives, could be hard to come by in some places.
Today, a look at the three most common types of clouds we see: cirrus, stratus and cumulus. Each one can tell us something about what’s next in the weather.
Yesterday a huge (927-foot-long) cruise ship sailed into the Columbia River and docked at the Port of Astoria. Since cruises don’t restart until July in the U.S., what is she doing here? Turns out she’s only here for a short stop, then on to Portland for maintenance before the season begins. But this is not your ordinary cruise ship…
This holiday weekend, with its gorgeous weather, drew many visitors to Pacific Northwest beaches. For one family, the weekend ended in tragedy, as a 14 year old boy was swept out to sea off Long Beach, Washington. Another life claimed by the ocean, because someone did not understand what they were up against here, despite posted warning signs, and numerous deaths annually.
The bottom line here is this: Pacific Northwest waters are not a pool, not a lake, not a placid beach in Hawaii or Florida where the water is like a bathtub and the waves are gentle. It’s cold, there are merciless currents and your chances of dying are high.
For the average visitor, these waters are not safe to swim in. But clearly, the message is not getting out to people.
Nice weather, a holiday weekend, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. As I do every year, here are a few tips to help keep you and yours safe as you enjoy our deceptively dangerous maritime environment here the PNW.
The Millenium Bulk Terminals project which would have shipped coal from Longview Washington to Asia, seems finally dead in the water for good. An attempt to take the case before the U.S. Supreme Court seems unlikely to get a hearing, because the project has gone bankrupt. It’s one in a serious of controversial fossil fuel projects that have failed on the Columbia, because of intense local citizen and government opposition.
Today we recognize a local community college for its commitment to maritime education. Clatsop Community College’s maritime program has been named a “center of excellence” by the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, for maritime work force training .
It looks like ocean cruises will be back in July and August. We’ll take a look at how companies are making that happen in concert with the CDC, and how changes could affect Astoria’s cruise ship schedule.
As the containership Ever Given remains anchored in the Suez after being freed from grounding in the canal in March, the canal authority is seeking $916 million dollars in costs from the ship’s owner. This seems like a lot of money to us ordinary mortals, and it is. But in the maritime industry, costs can be huge. Today we take a look at what it costs to get a containership from one place to another.