The Most Recent Ship Report Podcast:
Today we’ll talk a bit about factors at play in the Ever Given mega containership grounding in the Suez Canal.
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, NOAA.
Today we’re talking about the mega containership, the Ever Given, that is hard aground in Suez Canal. It’s a nightmare scenario for a vital internation trade chokepoint, and ships are already backing up on both ends of the blockage as crews try to free the ship, which is wedged sideways in the narron canal.
Today’s weather is dynamic on land and sea, we’ll talk about what’s happening on the river and in the ocean, and how it may affect ship traffic.
Today we’ll talk a little about the tremendous and comprehensive presence of USCG personnel and training opportunities here in the Lower Columbia region.
Within a relatively small geographic area, the USCG offers motorlifeboat school, rescue swimmer school, buoy tender services and an air station, along witha formidable complement of rescue and law enforcement resources.
In ports in the US and around the world, there are organizations who work to help make seafarers feel a little at home when they come to town. They’re called seafarer centers and they provide a place for mariners to get off their ship in port and take a break. One really nice one is located at the Port of Vancouver, Washington, right here on the Columbia.
Commercial vessels that spend long periods at sea have a kitchen on board called a galley, and a person or a crew of people who cook meals for the sailors on board. Today we take a look at a real help wanted ad for a ship’s cook, and talk about what it takes to make it in this challenging and (if done right) much-revered position on board.
On ships worldwide, where mariners hail from many different countries, there is a standard “language” of shortcuts that are universally used to help sailors understand radio communications between people who may not share a common language. It’s called Seaspeak, and it’s based on English, the international language of aviation. Using these agreed-upon terms can avoid daingerous misunderstandings.
Today we note the 10 year anniversary this week of the earthquake in Japan in 2011 that caused a devastating tsunami there and sent small tsunami waves across the ocean as far as the Pacific Northwest. A decade later, Japan still struggles with a damaged nuclear reactor and plans to discharge still more radioactive water itno the sea.
Today we talk about international efforts to reduce ship pollution. If the world’s shipping fleet were a country, they would be the 6th largest polluting nation in the world. We’ll talk about efforts to get that under control.
Today we take a look at how the world imbalance in container shipping is affecting Pacific Northwest ports. Some ports have lots of empty containers while others don’t have enough to hold the cargo they need to ship.