The Ship Report

The Ship Report

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How issues with trains and trucks affect the supply chain
October 01, 2021

In the world today, we get our stuff through a global intermodal supply chain. That includes ports, containerships and on the ground, trucks and trains. As more disruptions arise at ports near and far

Power cutbacks in China threaten container ports
September 30, 2021

Today, an unusual story from China that could further hamper the flow of manufacturing and shipping there, with impacts on the rest of the world. China, in a effort to enforce emissions standards to r

Costco charters container ships to ensure inventory
September 28, 2021

Costco has joined the list of big box retailers who are chartering their own containerships to avoid intentory shortages during the holiday season. That’s good news for shoppers there. Small businesse

Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde purchase Willamette Falls
September 26, 2021

Some traditional native lands were returned to tribal jurisdiction this month, after the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde purchased the Willamette Falls. The change means good things for all: a

Let’s compare Puget Sound and the Columbia River
September 24, 2021

A look at the backlog of containerships anchored in Puget Sound right now, and a look at how Puget Sound and the Columbia River compare as waterways: they’re quite different in interesting ways and su

Ship air pollution linked to increased lightning
September 23, 2021

More today about lightning and ships: Studies have shown a clear link between ship particulate air pollution and increased lightning activity. Scientists have tracked significantly more lightning stri

Astoria East Mooring Basin causeway collapses
September 22, 2021

Today a story about a local waterfront causeway and breakwater that finally gave way after years of deferred maintenance, collapsing part of the dock into the water and making it completely unusable.

Lightning strikes on ships
September 21, 2021

Today, a listener question about lightning and ships. What happens when a ship is struck by lightning? As it turns out, cargo ships are often good conductors because they are made of metal that is mos

Remembering the wreck of the Oriole
September 19, 2021

Today, we commemorate the wreck of the sailing cargo ship Oriole, which sank 168 years ago Saturday on the the Columbia River Bar. She was carrying the materials to build the Cape Disappointment light

Maersk CEO calls for and end to new carbon fuel ships
September 13, 2021

Today we celebrate the return of rain to the dry Pacific Northwest (forecast for later this week, fingers crossed), and a look at a call from the CEO of the largest shipping company in the world for a