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Ship Report podcasts take you to a special corner of the world: the Mighty Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. Nautical lore, news and info, mariner interviews, daily international ship traffic, and the inside scoop on our formidable marine weather. Join maritime journalist Joanne Rideout on the Ship Report, as we explore the fascinating maritime world, on the Upper Left Edge of Oregon and beyond.  The Ship Report is proud to celebrate 16 years on the air!

The weather outside is frightful

Today we take a look at the warmer but much wetter weather we're having today on the Upper Left Edge. It's messy and uncomfortable on land, but much worse offshore. We'll take a look at where wave heights might be in a few days, and revisit one of my favorite nautical...

Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center, Part 4

The Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center at the Port of Vancouver, WA , has been serving visiting marines for more than half a century. Center Executive Director Kent Williams explains in this interview excerpt how the center came to be, after an adventurous young woman...

Commercial Dungeness crab season delay continues

The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast. Testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas. The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon usually opens Dec. 1, but...

Take a tour of a Coast Guard ship in Astoria on Friday!

US Coast Guard Public Tours If you're looking for something fun to do on Friday, check out the US Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. The Steadfast, based in Astoria, is celebrating 50 years of maritime service by offering...

Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center, Part 3

When sailors come to the Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center at the Port of Vancouver USA, they have many options.. Among them:: they can access houses of worship, go shopping, or sometimes just sit in a quiet room for awhile to enjoy some peace.

Columbia River Ship Traffic

Approximate 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

Water Speed & Currents

Curated Links

Tides

When’s High Tide where you are?  Find Tidal info at www.saltwatertides.com

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)

MLLW:  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.

Adjustments: 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.

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The weather outside is frightful

Today we take a look at the warmer but much wetter weather we're having today on the Upper Left Edge. It's messy and uncomfortable on land, but much worse offshore. We'll take a look at where wave heights might be in a few days, and revisit one of my favorite nautical...

Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center, Part 4

The Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center at the Port of Vancouver, WA , has been serving visiting marines for more than half a century. Center Executive Director Kent Williams explains in this interview excerpt how the center came to be, after an adventurous young woman...

Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center, Part 3

When sailors come to the Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center at the Port of Vancouver USA, they have many options.. Among them:: they can access houses of worship, go shopping, or sometimes just sit in a quiet room for awhile to enjoy some peace.

Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center, Part 2

In Part 2 of my series on the Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center at the Port of Vancouver, Wash., we hear from Executive Director Kent Williams, who talks a bit about the center's history and role in the maritime community.

Fort Vancouver Seafarer’s Center, Part 1

Nestled in the midst of a huge industrial area on the Port of Vancouver waterfront is a friendly looking building that is a haven for sailors who are far from home. The Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center has been around for more than a half century, We'll learn what they...
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Columbia River Bar

“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.

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Meet Joanne Rideout

Producer Joanne Rideout is a journalist and photographer who created The Ship Report in 2003. Since then Joanne and has been interviewing, writing and photographing the maritime world and its interesting people as much as she possibly can.

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.