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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!

Getting around on the river

Today we'll take a look at what factors affect how long it takes a ship to get from one place to another, on the ocean and on the river. Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript062524.pdf

Who’s on the river today?

Today we'll take a look at today's ship schedule, including a Canadian tug with an unusual destination. Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript062424.pdf

The Panama Canal

Today we have a ship arriving from France, which means she likely traveled through the Panama Canal. We'll talk about that historic waterway, it's problems with drought in recent years and how a coming La Nina climate trend might help alleviate that. Show transcript...

Buoys in the ‘hood

Today I thought we'd talk about some of the most ever-present and often ignored (by people on land) things in our river neighborhood - and that's navigational buoys. Vital for mariners, they sit in the water day and night doing their work, making the watery highway...

Research vessel Atlantis visits Astoria

There's a very special ship at the Port of Astoria right now: the research vessel Atlantis is at the dock, taking a temporary break from her research work in the Pacific Ocean. Such vessels often stop into Astoria because we are conveniently near the ocean, to get...

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.
Water Speed & Currents

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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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Getting around on the river

Today we'll take a look at what factors affect how long it takes a ship to get from one place to another, on the ocean and on the river. Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript062524.pdf

Who’s on the river today?

Today we'll take a look at today's ship schedule, including a Canadian tug with an unusual destination. Show transcript here: http://shipreport.nfshost.com/audio/SRTranscript062424.pdf

The Panama Canal

Today we have a ship arriving from France, which means she likely traveled through the Panama Canal. We'll talk about that historic waterway, it's problems with drought in recent years and how a coming La Nina climate trend might help alleviate that. Show transcript...

Buoys in the ‘hood

Today I thought we'd talk about some of the most ever-present and often ignored (by people on land) things in our river neighborhood - and that's navigational buoys. Vital for mariners, they sit in the water day and night doing their work, making the watery highway...

Research vessel Atlantis visits Astoria

There's a very special ship at the Port of Astoria right now: the research vessel Atlantis is at the dock, taking a temporary break from her research work in the Pacific Ocean. Such vessels often stop into Astoria because we are conveniently near the ocean, to get...

The Ship Report, the show about All Things Maritime, features maritime news and information, local and international, based in the Pacific Northwest in Astoria, Oregon. shipreport.net. Podcasts available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts

The Ship Report is also broadcast  Weekdays at 8:49 am on  KMUN Radio Astoria, Oregon

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.