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Man overboard

On today's Ship Report, Joanne Rideout shares the cautionary tale of a man who went overboard off his boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo: Big swells on the Columbia River Bar. Image courtesy Columbia River Bar Pilots.


May 25, 2016

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Columbia River Ship Traffic

  • Atlantic Hawk – South Korea to Astoria Anchorage – Corn, Soy or Wheat (Ast~5pm)


  • Vitakosmos – to Longview – Wheat (Dep~Noon/Lgv~3:30pm)

  • Golden Ginger – Awaiting Orders

  • Eva Bulker – Port of Astoria – Loading Logs

  • Shandong Hai Wang – to Kalama – Wheat (Dep~12:30pm/Kal~5:30pm)


  • Hoihow – Dep Vancouver – Steel (Dep~12:30pm/Ast~6:30pm)

  • Asian Beauty – Dep Longview – Wheat (Dep~6pm/Ast~9:30pm)

  • Auto Atlas – Dep Portland – Hyundais (Dep~6pm/Ast~Midnight)


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pproximate Vessel Travel Times:
(Times vary according to tidal conditions, current, weather,
and individual vessel horsepower)
  • Portland/Vancouver -Astoria: 6-8 hours
  • Kalama -Astoria: 5 hours
  • Longview -Astoria: 3.5 hours
  • Columbia River Bar - Astoria: 1.5 hours

Tide Notes:
  • Tide times are often listed in 24 hour time - for times after noon, subtract 1200 from the time to get regular clock time. Ex: 1300 hrs - 1200 = 1:00 pm)
  • Also, tides are referenced to Mean Lower Low Water, a reference point for depth on many nautical charts. MLLW is the average of the lower of the two low tides in a day, over a 19-year cycle. Minus tides are lower than MLLW.
  • If you're right on the coast, subtract an hour from these times. Upriver, highs and lows happen later. For instance, in Knappa, add an hour. In Clatskanie, add 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Ship Horn Signals
Commonly Heard off Astoria:
  • One prolonged blast every two minutes or less: vessel operating in fog.

  • Five consecutive horn blasts:  warning signal that means literally "I do not know your intention." This generally means another vessel is in the way of a ship in the channel, and is being asked to move before they collide.

  • Three short blasts: Vessel going in reverse

  • One long blast followed by three short: signal for the change of pilots. Soon after this signal, you'll see the pilot launch Arrow II head out to a passing ship, to facilitate the transfer of bar and river pilots.
  • Note: "Pilot transfer" is when a pilot disembarks or boards a ship. Ships generally must by law have a river or bar pilot on board when they are on the Columbia or Willamette Rivers. The bar and river pilots have separate pilotage grounds defined by the Oregon Legislature.

Revelers gather every December in Ilwaco, Wash.,
for the ceremonial lighting of the World's Tallest Crab Pot
Christmas Tree. Photo: Dirk Sweringen İ 2008.

The R/V Marcus G. Langseth in a gale
                              off Tonga
The R/V Marcus G. Langseth takes seas over the rail in a gale off
Tonga in the South Pacific. Photo: Ted Koczynski
İ 2009.

The Marcus G. Langseth is a seismic research vessel owned by the
National Science Foundation and operated by Columbia University.
She spent several months in Astoria in the fall of both 2008 and 2009,
at the Port of Astoria. In early December, she headed to the shipyard
in Portland for some needed maintenance and repairs.
She headed back out to sea in early 2010.

This Week's Podcasts
  • Monday: On today's Ship Report Minute, Joanne Rideout talks about the final voyage of the USCG icebreaker Polar Star, which passed by Astoria this weekend on her way to Seattle.
  • Tuesday: On today's Ship Report Minute, Joanne Rideout talks about the bulk carrier Sparna that hit a boulder in the river on March 21 and needed repairs. She's been fixed, sort of, and is on her way to Japan.
  • Wednesday: On today's Ship Report, Joanne Rideout shares the story of a man who went overboard off his boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bulletin Board:
Casting Call for new TV show about Tuna Fishermen:
The History Channel and the producers of the TV show "Wicked Tuna" are seeking commercial tuna fishermen in Washington and Oregon for a new series. They're looking for tuna fishermen in the Pacific Northwest who fish in and around Ilwaco, Westport, Astoria, Warrenton, Garibaldi or Tillamook. If you're a dedicated, outgoing captain or mate, they want to hear from you.

Email with your name and the names of your crew, a recent photo of you and your crew, your location and phone numbers. Or call 818-661-4932 for more info.

This is a paid position. Must be an American resident and at least 18 years old to apply.

Blog: Mystic's Adventures: Joan Marie and Ron Ash live aboard

Bridge Safety by Zip Code

NOAA Public Comment on Right Whale Protections

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain come to the Columbia River

Deployed for the Holidays:
interviews with mariners and military personnel

Oregon King Tide Photo Project

Washington King Tide Photo Initiative

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald [video]

Watch the film BOATLIFT, about how mariners came to the rescue in 9/11 New York City.

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Ship Report Producer Joanne Rideout
inside the research submersible Alvin.

The Ship Report
is a daily podcast about ship traffic from around the world, along with recorded interviews with mariners and other nautical folk about issues ranging from piracy to life at sea. Producer Joanne Rideout is a journalist and photographer who created The Ship Report in 2005. Since then Joanne and has been interviewing, writing and photographing the maritime world and its interesting people
as much as she possibly can.


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