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The Blue Marlin heads home

On Thursday's Ship Report, Joanne Rideout shares more info about the unique heavy lift ship Blue Marlin, heading downriver and out to sea today on the Columbia.

Ship Report Minute: Mariner Fatigue

On Friday's Ship Report Minute, Joanne talks about mariner fatigue, a factor in a 2011 ship disaster off New Zealand.

The heavy lift ship, the Blue Marlin,
on the Columbia River at Jones Beach, carries the dry dock Vigorous in three pieces on its way to Portland.  Photo Joanne Rideout 2014

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  • Tiwai Point Russia to Portland Petroleum (Ast~9:30am/Ptld~4:30pm)
  • Imabari Logger Russia to Longview Anchorage (Ast~3:30pm/Lgv~7pm)
  • Zeus Leader Vancouver BC to Vancouver Subarus (Ast~5:30pm/Vanc~11:30pm)
  • Kaijin Vancouver BC to Portland Hyundais (Ast~8:30pm/PDX~2:30am Fri)
  • Korean Lily South Korea to Astoria Anchorage Corn, Soy or Wheat (Ast~9:30pm)
  • Ligari South Korea to Astoria Anchorage Corn, Soy or Wheat (Ast~1:30am Fri)


  • Tug Sea Prince Astoria to Sea (Dep~6pm)
  • New Creation Awaiting Orders
  • Cape Trafalgar Awaiting Orders
  • Queen Busan Awaiting Orders


  • Blue Marlin Dep Portland Heavy Lift Ship (Dep~6am/Ast~Noon)
  • Ogna Dep Longview Wheat (Dep~12:30pm/Ast~4pm)
  • Hanjin Gothenburg Dep Portland Containers (Dep~12:30pm/Ast~6:30pm)
  • San Nikolas Dep Vancouver (Dep~5:30pm/Ast~11:30pm)
  • Azalea K Dep Portland Wheat (Dep~5:30pm/Ast~1:30am Fri)
  • ATB Ocean Reliance Dep Clatskanie Crude Oil (Dep~6pm/Ast~8:30pm)
  • Boga Indah Dep Portland Wheat (Dep~6:30pm/Ast~12:30am Fri)
  • Queen Kobe Dep Kalama Corn, Soy or Wheat (Dep~11pm/Ast~4am Fri)
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pproximate Vessel Travel Times:
(Times vary according to tidal conditions, current, weather,
and individual vessel horsepower)
  • Portland/Vancouver -Astoria: 6-8 hours
  • Kalama -Astoria: 5 hours
  • Longview -Astoria: 3.5 hours
  • Columbia River Bar - Astoria: 1.5 hours

Tide Notes:
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
  • Note: "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.

Revelers gather every December in Ilwaco, Wash.,
for the ceremonial lighting of the World's Tallest Crab Pot
Christmas Tree. Photo: Dirk Sweringen 2008.

The R/V Marcus G. Langseth in a gale
                              off Tonga
The R/V Marcus G. Langseth takes seas over the rail in a gale off
Tonga in the South Pacific. Photo: Ted Koczynski

The Marcus G. Langseth is a seismic research vessel owned by the
National Science Foundation and operated by Columbia University.
She spent several months in Astoria in the fall of both 2008 and 2009,
at the Port of Astoria. In early December, she headed to the shipyard
in Portland for some needed maintenance and repairs.
She headed back out to sea in early 2010.

  Other Current Podcasts
  • Monday: On today's Ship Report Minute, Joanne Rideout talks about a revolutionary new method of cleaning up oil spills that involves magnets.
  • Tuesday: On today's Ship Report, Joanne Rideout talks about the journey this weekend of the heavy lift ship the Blue Marlin from the mouth of the river to the shipyard at Swan Island.
  • Wednesday: On today's Ship Report, Joanne Rideout talks about the nation's largest drydock. which is now being assembled at the Vigor Industrial shipyard at Swan Island.
  • Thursday: On today's Ship Report, Joanne Rideout shares more info about the unique heavy lift ship Blue Marlin, heading downriver and out to sea today on the Columbia.
  • Friday: On Friday's Ship Report Minute, Joanne talks about mariner fatigue, a factor in a 2011 ship disaster off New Zealand.

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald [video]


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Ship Report Producer Joanne Rideout
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The Ship Report
is a daily podcast about ship traffic from around the world, along with recorded interviews with mariners and other nautical folk about issues ranging from piracy to life at sea. Producer Joanne Rideout is a journalist and photographer who created The Ship Report in 2005. Since then Joanne and has been interviewing, writing and photographing the maritime world and its interesting people
as much as she possibly can.


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