The Ship Report is All Things Maritime!

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!

King tides, atmospheric river, sneaker waves, oh my!

Today's weather and tides are wreaking havoc in coastal Oregon and Washington today as an atmopsheric river dumps up to 10 inches of rain in our area. We'll talk about what ships do when the weather gets awful, and what to expect if you're on land.

Shipyards: another vital and unseen aspect of the maritime industry

Today we talk about the building of a new USCG ship in a shipyard, and the important ongoing role a shipyard plays in a vessel's life, long after she's first built and underway.

Anchoring series: how the chain holds the ship in place

Today we talk with retired Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Thron Riggs about how the anchor and chain hold the ship in place. Hint: the chain does the bulk of the work, because of its massive weight.

New Year’s Eve Ship Horns on the Columbia

Astoria embraced a long standing tradition again this New Year's Eve, ushering in the new year in maritime style on the Columbia River. 'Round midnight, an ethereal mix of sonorous ship horns, spontaneous fireworks and midnight revelers in the streets filled the air,...

Situational awareness – an essential quality for mariners

Today's show is about situational awareness, the skill of paying attention to what's happening around you even when your tendency might be to daydream. It's a factor in maritime accidents, and avoiding them, and is just part of the challenging work that mariners do....

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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King tides, atmospheric river, sneaker waves, oh my!

Today's weather and tides are wreaking havoc in coastal Oregon and Washington today as an atmopsheric river dumps up to 10 inches of rain in our area. We'll talk about what ships do when the weather gets awful, and what to expect if you're on land.

Shipyards: another vital and unseen aspect of the maritime industry

Today we talk about the building of a new USCG ship in a shipyard, and the important ongoing role a shipyard plays in a vessel's life, long after she's first built and underway.

Anchoring series: how the chain holds the ship in place

Today we talk with retired Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Thron Riggs about how the anchor and chain hold the ship in place. Hint: the chain does the bulk of the work, because of its massive weight.

New Year’s Eve Ship Horns on the Columbia

Astoria embraced a long standing tradition again this New Year's Eve, ushering in the new year in maritime style on the Columbia River. 'Round midnight, an ethereal mix of sonorous ship horns, spontaneous fireworks and midnight revelers in the streets filled the air,...

Anchoring series: Why ships always anchor in the same places

More from retired Columbia River Bar Pilot Capt. Thron Riggs on anchoring ships, and why ships anchor generally in the same part of the river and not just anywhere.
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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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Quick Guide to Shipwatching

Fisher Poet’s Gathering CD

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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.