Typhoon Season

By , September 14, 2012 4:38 pm

Last month we had two typhoons blow through Korea.  Neither was terribly bad for us here in Ulsan as we got the far eastern edge of the storm. Even down on the coast where I teach a couple of classes at the refinery and shipyard things weren’t very exciting.

This month, things may be different. They’re calling it a “Super Typhoon” and is a category4/5 now and heading directly toward us.  Forecasters expect it to be cat 3 by then, but it should be a bit windier and rainier than we had in August.  A forecast from the weather underground has some detail.  We should be getting the leading edge of the storm hit by Sunday evening with Monday being the worst of it.

I was hoping to get out and do some rock climbing this weekend, but we’re getting rain blow in from China. 2nd weekend in a row to be rainy while weekdays are mostly clear.  Last fall, we had six in a row, so I’m hoping this isn’t a repeat.  Typically, Fall is the best weather in Korea and has clear sunny days and cool nights but it’s not all good is it only manifests itself like that during the week.

In Between Classes

One of my current teaching jobs is at S-Oil, a large refinery near the city. I conduct one-on-one classes with a few of the VP-level execs.   And executives are busy guys. Sometimes they need to move their schedule around. I do my best to accommodate them but sometimes that means some down time between classes.  This week I was out at the refinery and had finished one class and was waiting to start another. I decided to park the car near the sea and watch one of the big tankers come in.

Not sure if this one is filling up rather than dropping off as the paint scheme seems to put this water line pretty high on the side of this ship. Oil is lighter than water.  Who knows. S-Oil does about 60% of their business in exports of refined petrochemical products.

It was kind of fun to watch the ballet of the small tug catching the mooring lines from the ship, taking them over to the pier and watching them tie up. It took almost an hour to get the ship in place and tied up and then the tugs all moved off to another part of the port.  I usually bring my eBook reader for periods of downtime, but this was a nice change of scenery. This ship, the “Ocean Cosmos” is a medium size Singapore  tanker and is about 50k tons.  Based on the condition of the paint job, this ship has seen a few days in service.

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