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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!

A special ship that will be helping Tonga get its internet back

Today we'll talk a little more about Tonga, and about a special kind of ship, of a type often seen here on the Columbia, that can install and repair undersea fiber optic cable. Tonga will soon have a ship like that in her waters repairing her cable and restoring...

What happened in Tonga?

A closer look at what happened in Tonga, and how a volcanic eruption could be violent enough to send a tsunami worthy shockwave across the Pacific.

The days are truly getting longer

Let's talk about something happy today, like.... the days are getting longer! We'll talk about what this means for brighter days ahead, and also a bit about why days are just getting longer, little by little, over the centuries.  

Tsunami Advisory on US West Coast

Well, as if we haven't had enough going on lately (snow, intense rain, snow melt, flooding, highway collapse...) this weekend we had a tsunami advisory caused by a volcanic eruption in Tonga, almost 6,000 miles away. We'll talk about how tsunamis work and how this one...

The Triumph-Mermaid Tragedy, Part 2

Today we conclude our tribute to the crew of the USCG motor lifeboat Triumph and her crew, and the two crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Mermaid, as we continue the story of the Triumph disaster, the most tragic incident in the history of the Coast Guard in the...

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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What happened in Tonga?

A closer look at what happened in Tonga, and how a volcanic eruption could be violent enough to send a tsunami worthy shockwave across the Pacific.

The days are truly getting longer

Let's talk about something happy today, like.... the days are getting longer! We'll talk about what this means for brighter days ahead, and also a bit about why days are just getting longer, little by little, over the centuries.  

Tsunami Advisory on US West Coast

Well, as if we haven't had enough going on lately (snow, intense rain, snow melt, flooding, highway collapse...) this weekend we had a tsunami advisory caused by a volcanic eruption in Tonga, almost 6,000 miles away. We'll talk about how tsunamis work and how this one...

The Triumph-Mermaid Tragedy, Part 2

Today we conclude our tribute to the crew of the USCG motor lifeboat Triumph and her crew, and the two crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Mermaid, as we continue the story of the Triumph disaster, the most tragic incident in the history of the Coast Guard in the...

The Triumph-Mermaid Tragedy, Part 1

Today we commemorate those lost in a tragic USCG rescue incident that happened 51 years ago yesterday, in 1961, right here on the Columbia River Bar. It started with a fishing boat in trouble on the bar, and ended with several Coast Guard vessels lost along with five...
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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.