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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

Operation Boatlift: a maritime miracle during 9/11
September 12, 2021

In the midst of all the sad and horrific remembrances of the 9/11 terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, a some events stand out as triumphs of the human spirit in a time of tragedy. One of those in

A look at the delta variant and global shipping
August 17, 2021

The Delta variant seems to be a new ballgame in the pandemic in terms of worldwide shipping, hammering markets that previously seemed to be rebounding. Today we’ll talk about this dangerous variant’s

The Delta variant and the cruise ship industry
August 16, 2021

The new Delta variant of COVID is popping up on cruises now that they’ve started carrying passengers again. With its more contagious profile and ability to spread via vaccinated people too, it’s turni

Interview Series: A look at cargo holds, Part 5
August 13, 2021

Today is the final installment in our five-part series on cargo hold inspections, featuring Dan Sealy, a cargo hold inspector who works on ships in the Astoria Anchorage.

Interview Series: A look at cargo holds, Part 4
August 12, 2021

Part four in our series about cargo hold inspections with inspector Dan Sealy, who works in the Astoria anchorage.

Interview Series: A look at cargo holds, Part 4
August 11, 2021

More on my interview with Dan Sealy, a cargo hold inspector who works in the Astoria Anchorage inspecting cargo holds so they are suitable to take on cargo.