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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!

USCGC Healy reaches the North Pole

Today we'll talk about one of our USCG icebreakers, the Healy, which last week reached the North Pole. We'll talk about icebreakers, which are interesting and unusual ships.

A closer look at a passing container ship

A container ship headed out of the river past Astoria yesterday, prompting some questions from listeners about what they were seeing. This ship is on her way now to Los Angeles, part of a typical run for container ships visiting the West Coast. We'll talk today about...

Veering and backing: two wind terms to know

Today we'll talk about ships, of course, but we'll also talk about marine weather and wind - and two terms you might here in marine weather forecasts: referring to winds that are either "backing" or "veering." Today's unusual shifts in wind direction make it easy to...

New Chinese tanker has automated sails on deck

The first merchant ship to officially incorporate wind power into its propulsion system was launched last week. The New Aden,m a VLCC tanker, has automated sails that could cut polluting emissions by 10 percent.

Food poisoning and crew morale

The Reuters news story about 12 crew members on a Chinese flag bulk carrier dying of apparent food poisoning last week highlights the importance of safe, heathful food on board ship. Wise captains make sure their crews are well fed for many reasons that go way beyond...

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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USCGC Healy reaches the North Pole

Today we'll talk about one of our USCG icebreakers, the Healy, which last week reached the North Pole. We'll talk about icebreakers, which are interesting and unusual ships.

A closer look at a passing container ship

A container ship headed out of the river past Astoria yesterday, prompting some questions from listeners about what they were seeing. This ship is on her way now to Los Angeles, part of a typical run for container ships visiting the West Coast. We'll talk today about...

Veering and backing: two wind terms to know

Today we'll talk about ships, of course, but we'll also talk about marine weather and wind - and two terms you might here in marine weather forecasts: referring to winds that are either "backing" or "veering." Today's unusual shifts in wind direction make it easy to...

New Chinese tanker has automated sails on deck

The first merchant ship to officially incorporate wind power into its propulsion system was launched last week. The New Aden,m a VLCC tanker, has automated sails that could cut polluting emissions by 10 percent.

Food poisoning and crew morale

The Reuters news story about 12 crew members on a Chinese flag bulk carrier dying of apparent food poisoning last week highlights the importance of safe, heathful food on board ship. Wise captains make sure their crews are well fed for many reasons that go way beyond...

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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.