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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 20 years on the air!

Shiny objects can be a good thing, and a sign of progress

Shiny Objects Well, I took at little time off last month and had a vacation, and now I'm back in the barn with my boat, Passage, plugging away toward getting her in the water.  One of the big tasks I tackled again this week was taking the old, dingy hull with the...

Buoy 10 fishery on the Columbia

Every year in August, the Buoy 10 salmon fishery opens, and lots of boaters in small craft head out onto the lower Columbia off Astoria. It's an opportunity for great fishing, and also an opportunity to use common sense to stay out of trouble on the water. We'll also...

Cleanup begins on the Tourist No. 2 Ferry sunk in Astoria

The Tourist No. 2 is an old wooden ferry, with a long history in Astoria, that's currently lying on its side in shallow water off the Astoria waterfront, leaking diesel. Her owner apparently doesn't have the resources to mount a cleanup effort, so the Coast Guard is...

John Day Dam lock damage highlights river commerce

The John Day Dam lock system upriver from the Dalles is broken and a workaround in place means tug and barge traffic is slow through the dam. This would be an issue anytime, but more so now - because it's harvest time and lots of wheat is waiting to come downriver to...

New survey data shows mariner happiness is up

Today we'll take a look at the latest 2nd quarter data from the Seafarer Happiness Index. It shows mariner satisfaction is up significantly from low numbers in the first quarter of this year. But problems remain that are causing mariners to leave the industry.

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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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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Buoy 10 fishery on the Columbia

Every year in August, the Buoy 10 salmon fishery opens, and lots of boaters in small craft head out onto the lower Columbia off Astoria. It's an opportunity for great fishing, and also an opportunity to use common sense to stay out of trouble on the water. We'll also...

Cleanup begins on the Tourist No. 2 Ferry sunk in Astoria

The Tourist No. 2 is an old wooden ferry, with a long history in Astoria, that's currently lying on its side in shallow water off the Astoria waterfront, leaking diesel. Her owner apparently doesn't have the resources to mount a cleanup effort, so the Coast Guard is...

John Day Dam lock damage highlights river commerce

The John Day Dam lock system upriver from the Dalles is broken and a workaround in place means tug and barge traffic is slow through the dam. This would be an issue anytime, but more so now - because it's harvest time and lots of wheat is waiting to come downriver to...

New survey data shows mariner happiness is up

Today we'll take a look at the latest 2nd quarter data from the Seafarer Happiness Index. It shows mariner satisfaction is up significantly from low numbers in the first quarter of this year. But problems remain that are causing mariners to leave the industry.

The sinking of the old Tourist No. 2 Ferry in Astoria

Right now a boat that played a big part in Astoria's history is sitting partially sunk off the city's waterfront. It's the Tourist No.2, one of the ferries that used to take passengers across the river between Astoria and Megler before the big bridge across the...

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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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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.