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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!

Salvage crews get adrift ship under tow

Salvors from Smit Salvage managed to get a drifting, listing heavy lift ship safely under tow in the North Sea, after bad weather caused the ship to lose cargo overboard. The ship was carrying yachts and workboats, and one of them broke loose from its lashings....

North Sea salvage operation seeks to avoid disaster

Today we take a look at a salvage operation happening in the North Sea off Norway. A cargo ship is drifting toward shore, listing badly and salvors are trying to save it before it runs aground and causes an oil spill. The salvage company working on this incident is...

Cruise ship company presses CDC for July 4 restart to cruises

At least one major cruise line is pressing the CDC to allow cruises to resume in July with mandatory vaccines. While that might seem like a deal-maker, there are still some big uncertainties for reopening a business model that was the original flashpoint for the...

New CDC cruise ship orders in the pandemic

The CDC has issued new orders to cruise operators regarding how they can prepare to resume sailing out of U.S. ports as the pandemic eases. The CDC oversees U.S. ports, and the industry must abide by their rules if they want to resume cruises here. COVID-19...

How do ships get more fuel when they need it?

For ships, getting fuel is not as simple as pulling into a gas station like we would do with our cars. So sometimes the fuel comes to the ship. Today we'll talk about a ship that was being refueled in the Astoria anchorage by a fuel barge that pulled pulled up...

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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Salvage crews get adrift ship under tow

Salvors from Smit Salvage managed to get a drifting, listing heavy lift ship safely under tow in the North Sea, after bad weather caused the ship to lose cargo overboard. The ship was carrying yachts and workboats, and one of them broke loose from its lashings....

North Sea salvage operation seeks to avoid disaster

Today we take a look at a salvage operation happening in the North Sea off Norway. A cargo ship is drifting toward shore, listing badly and salvors are trying to save it before it runs aground and causes an oil spill. The salvage company working on this incident is...

Cruise ship company presses CDC for July 4 restart to cruises

At least one major cruise line is pressing the CDC to allow cruises to resume in July with mandatory vaccines. While that might seem like a deal-maker, there are still some big uncertainties for reopening a business model that was the original flashpoint for the...

New CDC cruise ship orders in the pandemic

The CDC has issued new orders to cruise operators regarding how they can prepare to resume sailing out of U.S. ports as the pandemic eases. The CDC oversees U.S. ports, and the industry must abide by their rules if they want to resume cruises here. COVID-19...

How do ships get more fuel when they need it?

For ships, getting fuel is not as simple as pulling into a gas station like we would do with our cars. So sometimes the fuel comes to the ship. Today we'll talk about a ship that was being refueled in the Astoria anchorage by a fuel barge that pulled pulled up...
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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.