The Most Recent Ship Report Podcast:
Today we take a close look at the ships on the Columbia River, where they’re from, where they’re going, and what’s on board.
More about the risks mariners face when they work on vessels at sea.
In addition to the usual and considerable hazards of being a mariner, winter adds another dimension of risk, with difficult weather bringing its own hazards and challenges to the mix.
A look at difficult winter weather in the ocean offshore, a place where most land dwellers will never go.
Photo: Big waves on the Columbia River Bar. Image courtesy Columbia River Bar Pilots.
An update on the tangled web that is international container shipping in the pandemic.
The U.S. Coast Guard was busy the past few days, rescuing crabbers in trouble off the Oregon coast, as the Dungeness crab season gets off to a start.
As container shipping continues to be snarled in ports worldwide, customers are switching gears and moving cargo the old-fashioned way: on general cargo ships in huge bags called “supersacks.”
Photo: Supersacks on the ground awaiting transport. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy from United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
A look at the current state of the seemingly endless global cargo debacle, that has left containerships idling in ports worldwide.
Most merchant ships are registered under what are called ‘flags of convenience,” countries of registry that exist almost solely to provide ships with a cheap way to operate with minimal regulations. There are a few very popular flags of convenience. One of them is Panama.
Photo: Pete unseth, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The infamous surprise attack on a U.S. military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941, killed sleeping servicemen, sank ships in their berths, and drew the nation into World War II.
Photo credit: Pearl Harbor Memorial. Cdavidson602, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 via Wikimedia Commons