The Ship Report

The Ship Report


Latest Episodes

Megler Bridge anniversary
July 30, 2020

Today we’ll talk about the anniversary this week of the 1966 opening of the Astoria Megler Bridge across the Columbia, and share some memories from Long Beach Penisula historian Frank Lehn, who crossed the bridge as a kid on vacation with his family.

Cruise ships will not sail until October per CDC
July 21, 2020

Cruise ships under a no-sail order in the U.S. per a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Order put in place last week. There had been a no-sail order in place that would have expired July 24.

Hometown Astoria gal comes home as ship’s officer
July 20, 2020

Astoria saw the return this past weekend of a young gal who graduated from high school here, and is now first officer on the cable ship Decisive, which was moored at the Port of Astoria docks. Her name is Alysia Johnson,

Oil industry: a bellwether for the world economy in the pandemic
May 19, 2020

Today we’ll talk about the oil industry during the pandemic, and how shifts there mirror what’s to come in world markets.

Liquefaction: what it is, and the role it plays in earthquakes
May 11, 2020

Today we’ll talk abut liquefaction: what it is, and how it can become a signficant factor in a local earthquake in maritime areas near the ocean.

How a maritime technology used to sterilize ballast water could help protect against COVID-19
April 30, 2020

Today we’ll take a look at some maritime technology already in use on ships to sterilize ballast water, and it might have another valuable use – killing the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Found kayak highlights the importance of ID info on small boats
April 29, 2020

Today we’ll talk about an emply kayak found floating in the waters off Hawaii, and how such found small boats can trigger rescue searches, even if the boat just drifted loose on its own, and what owners can do to save rescuers valuable time and resources.

Astoria shipyard gets federal grant
April 27, 2020

A local story about an Astoria shipyard at Tongue Point that has received a federal grant for over $500k.

Sneaker waves and Rogue waves: waves of a feather
April 24, 2020

The same sort of resonance that makes sneaker waves rise up seemingly out of nowhere, happens on a much larger scale far out at sea, where giant rogue waves swamp ships with recordbreaking wave heights.

What’s happening with world trade?
April 23, 2020

A quick look at world shipping: China may be emerging from its coronavirus woes, and the IMO urges ports worldwide to remain open to maintain the flow of goods, and ship traffic. Note: The lovely photo accompanying this post was taken by Astoria photog...