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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 nautical world, on the Upper Left Edge of Oregon and beyond.  The Ship Report is proud to celebrate 16 years on the air!

USCG Coronavirus precautions

I've gotten some questions from listeners about ships arriving in the Columbia River from China, and possible Coronavirus risks. So I contacted our local USCG folks at Air Station Astoria, where the Captain of the Port for the Columbia is located. Here's their reply:...

Carships, Part 3

Well, I started listening to more of this great archive interview from 2006 with Capt. Robert Johnson, Columbia River Bar Pilot, all about car ships, and there was such good info in it that I decided that last week's two part series should be extended a bit more....

Ship handling: art and science

This week we continue hearing excerpts from an archive interview I did in 2006 with Capt. Robert Johnson, Columbia River Bar Pilot, about car ships. The interview evolved into a discussion on ship handling, GM, righting arm and other specialized subjects that...

Car Ships, Part 1

Today and tomorrow, I'm taking a short break from the Ship Report and I have something special for you. We'll hear from an archive Ship Report interview from 2006, when I talked with Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Robert Johnson about car ships, those odd-looking,...

CBD and the U.S. Coast Guard

This week the U.S. Coast Guard issued a warning to their personnel: beware of using products that contain CBD, a non-psychoactive compound derived from marijuana, used for pain relief and other benefits. Experts warn that even trace amounts of THC in such products can...

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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Carships, Part 3

Well, I started listening to more of this great archive interview from 2006 with Capt. Robert Johnson, Columbia River Bar Pilot, all about car ships, and there was such good info in it that I decided that last week's two part series should be extended a bit more....

Ship handling: art and science

This week we continue hearing excerpts from an archive interview I did in 2006 with Capt. Robert Johnson, Columbia River Bar Pilot, about car ships. The interview evolved into a discussion on ship handling, GM, righting arm and other specialized subjects that...

Carships, Part 2

Part 2 of my two day series on Car Ships - I'm sharing excerpts from an interview I did in 2006 with Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Robert Johnson. All about those bulky ships we see on the river can carry cars.

Car Ships, Part 1

Today and tomorrow, I'm taking a short break from the Ship Report and I have something special for you. We'll hear from an archive Ship Report interview from 2006, when I talked with Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Robert Johnson about car ships, those odd-looking,...

CBD and the U.S. Coast Guard

This week the U.S. Coast Guard issued a warning to their personnel: beware of using products that contain CBD, a non-psychoactive compound derived from marijuana, used for pain relief and other benefits. Experts warn that even trace amounts of THC in such products can...
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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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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.