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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!

New wind turbine installation ships are a new breed of vessel

A new type of massive vessel is being built to meet the challenges of installing new, larger than ever wind turbine arrays in U.S. coastal waters. Today we'll talk about these ships, which can carry giant cargoes of specialized equipment and can transform themselves...

Alaska’s Trident Seafoods open again after COVID outbreak

Today we take a look at the reopening of Trident Seafoods fish processing plants in Akutan, Alaska. The reopening after a large COVID outbreak at their facilities means fishermen around the region can go back to work after sitting idle at the docks for a month.

Listener questions about anchorages and Astoria’s cruise ship

A listener from the Long Beach Peninsula sent me a few listener questions about ships in anchorages on the river, and about what's up with that big cruise ship at the Port of Astoria. Answers in today's podcast. Also, here are links to Go Fund Me pages for the...

Commercial fishing boat lost off Tillamook bar, two dead

The Pacific Northwest commercial fishing community mourns after a commercial fishing boat capsizes trying to cross the Tillamook Bay bar from the ocean. Two fisherman died in the four man crew, and the boat, based in Warrenton, was lost. A too sad and too familiar...

Injured crewman rescued from ATB tug in the ocean off Grays Harbor, WA

The US Coast Guard airlifted an injured crewman off a tug and barge rig in the ocean off Gray's Harbor, WA. The vessel, the ATB Commitment, was bound for the Columbia River, carring refined Petroleu and headed for Portland. This incident, one of several rescues within...

Columbia River Ship Traffic

Approximate Vessel Travel Times

  • Portland/Vancouver -Astoria: 6-8 hours
  • Kalama -Astoria: 5 hours
  • Longview -Astoria: 3.5 hours
  • Columbia River Bar – Astoria: 1.5 hours

Times vary according to tidal conditions, current, weather, and individual vessel horsepower.

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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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New wind turbine installation ships are a new breed of vessel

A new type of massive vessel is being built to meet the challenges of installing new, larger than ever wind turbine arrays in U.S. coastal waters. Today we'll talk about these ships, which can carry giant cargoes of specialized equipment and can transform themselves...

Alaska’s Trident Seafoods open again after COVID outbreak

Today we take a look at the reopening of Trident Seafoods fish processing plants in Akutan, Alaska. The reopening after a large COVID outbreak at their facilities means fishermen around the region can go back to work after sitting idle at the docks for a month.

Listener questions about anchorages and Astoria’s cruise ship

A listener from the Long Beach Peninsula sent me a few listener questions about ships in anchorages on the river, and about what's up with that big cruise ship at the Port of Astoria. Answers in today's podcast. Also, here are links to Go Fund Me pages for the...

Commercial fishing boat lost off Tillamook bar, two dead

The Pacific Northwest commercial fishing community mourns after a commercial fishing boat capsizes trying to cross the Tillamook Bay bar from the ocean. Two fisherman died in the four man crew, and the boat, based in Warrenton, was lost. A too sad and too familiar...

Injured crewman rescued from ATB tug in the ocean off Grays Harbor, WA

The US Coast Guard airlifted an injured crewman off a tug and barge rig in the ocean off Gray's Harbor, WA. The vessel, the ATB Commitment, was bound for the Columbia River, carring refined Petroleu and headed for Portland. This incident, one of several rescues within...
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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.