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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!

Oil spill hits beaches in Oregon and Washington

Today, a few things: We'll talk about two maritime related holidays that happened this week: International Turtle Day and National Maritime Day. And a note of concern as this holiday weekend arrives: mysterious tar balls have been showing up on beaches in SW...

Update on the containership Dali in Baltimore

It's been less than two months since the containership Dali lost control as was leaving Baltimore Harbor at night, hitting the Francis Scott Key Bridge and destroying it, causing the deaths of bridge workers, and closing this key US harbor to vessel traffic. Since...

The US Coast Guard overseas

Most people know that the US Coast Guard is a big presence in our coastal waters. But the Coast Guard also has a big international presence too, in over 160 countries. Today we'll talk more about the US Coast Guard, our fleet of ships and how to tell them apart, and...

Astoria gets a new Coast Guard Cutter

Yesterday, a new Coast Guard Cutter came to town, she's the GCG David Duren, named for an enlisted hero whose nickname was "Big Wave Dave." She'll be at the Astoria dock for awhile, until her new digs at Tongue Point are ready. The Coast Guard will hold a comissioning...

Container service could continue at the Port of Portland

The latest news about container service at the Port of Portland is that Oregon's governor has a plan to shore up the port for now, with $40 million in support. The caveat: the port must create a sustainability plan for its container service. Show transcripts here:...

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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Oil spill hits beaches in Oregon and Washington

Today, a few things: We'll talk about two maritime related holidays that happened this week: International Turtle Day and National Maritime Day. And a note of concern as this holiday weekend arrives: mysterious tar balls have been showing up on beaches in SW...

Update on the containership Dali in Baltimore

It's been less than two months since the containership Dali lost control as was leaving Baltimore Harbor at night, hitting the Francis Scott Key Bridge and destroying it, causing the deaths of bridge workers, and closing this key US harbor to vessel traffic. Since...

The US Coast Guard overseas

Most people know that the US Coast Guard is a big presence in our coastal waters. But the Coast Guard also has a big international presence too, in over 160 countries. Today we'll talk more about the US Coast Guard, our fleet of ships and how to tell them apart, and...

Astoria gets a new Coast Guard Cutter

Yesterday, a new Coast Guard Cutter came to town, she's the GCG David Duren, named for an enlisted hero whose nickname was "Big Wave Dave." She'll be at the Astoria dock for awhile, until her new digs at Tongue Point are ready. The Coast Guard will hold a comissioning...

Container service could continue at the Port of Portland

The latest news about container service at the Port of Portland is that Oregon's governor has a plan to shore up the port for now, with $40 million in support. The caveat: the port must create a sustainability plan for its container service. Show transcripts here:...

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.