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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!

Who’s on the river today, and a look at an upcoming interview series

Today we'll look at daily ship traffic and where it's headed, and also a heads up that I'll be taking some vacation time for the next week and a half. While I'm gone the show will air as usual and you'll be hearing an extended interview I did with author John Kopp...

Tragedy on the Columbia River Bar

This weekend, a recreational boat overturned on the Columbia River Bar. Out of the five people on board, two were rescued safely, one died, and two remained missing when the Coast Guard called off their search Saturday night. Today we'll talk a bit about why the bar...

National Data Buoy Center: a rewarding agency to work for

Today we conclude this week's interview with Craig Kohler, operations branch chieg for the National Data Buoy Center. We've learned a lot about this agency and its network of high tech data buoys in US and international waters. Today Kohler talks about how rewarding...

National Data Buoy Center: how buoys stand up to brutal ocean weather

Today we'll hear more from my interview with Craig Kohler; he's an official with the National Data Buoy Center. We've been talking this week about the network of data-gathering buoys in US waters and around the world. Today we talk about how this data helps...

National Data Buoy Center tsunami warning buoys

We continue this week's interview with Craig Kohler from the National Data Buoy Center, a US agency under NOAA and the National Weather Service that operates a network of data buoys in US coastal waters and around the world. Today we'll talk about the NDBC tsunami...

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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Who’s on the river today, and a look at an upcoming interview series

Today we'll look at daily ship traffic and where it's headed, and also a heads up that I'll be taking some vacation time for the next week and a half. While I'm gone the show will air as usual and you'll be hearing an extended interview I did with author John Kopp...

Tragedy on the Columbia River Bar

This weekend, a recreational boat overturned on the Columbia River Bar. Out of the five people on board, two were rescued safely, one died, and two remained missing when the Coast Guard called off their search Saturday night. Today we'll talk a bit about why the bar...

National Data Buoy Center: a rewarding agency to work for

Today we conclude this week's interview with Craig Kohler, operations branch chieg for the National Data Buoy Center. We've learned a lot about this agency and its network of high tech data buoys in US and international waters. Today Kohler talks about how rewarding...

National Data Buoy Center: how buoys stand up to brutal ocean weather

Today we'll hear more from my interview with Craig Kohler; he's an official with the National Data Buoy Center. We've been talking this week about the network of data-gathering buoys in US waters and around the world. Today we talk about how this data helps...

National Data Buoy Center tsunami warning buoys

We continue this week's interview with Craig Kohler from the National Data Buoy Center, a US agency under NOAA and the National Weather Service that operates a network of data buoys in US coastal waters and around the world. Today we'll talk about the NDBC tsunami...

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.