Contact Information  |  Requesting a Pilot  |  Inbound Vessels  |  Outbound Vessels

Officer & Staff Contact Information

Jim Horne, Jeff Germano, Chad Journey

Capt. Jeremy Nielsen

Capt. Corey Williams
Vice President

Gale Pudlitzke
Accounting Manager

Ken Lawrenson
Business Manager

Office Assistant
Office Fax
Mailing Address 13225 N. Columbia Blvd.
Portland OR 97203

To order a pilot, please call or submit an request.

The Columbia River Pilots provide service seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year. Orders for a Pilot should be placed via phone between 0700-1600 hours.

Refer to the Vessel Movement Guidelines for additional information.

For Inbound Vessels:

  • We request four (4) days notice for Arriving Vessels.
  • The following information should be provided:

ETA, Arrival Drafts (fore and aft), Tentative Berth(s) Schedule, Docking Instructions, Bunkering or other Anchorage Requirements, Nominated Tug Company, ETD, and Anticipated Sailing Drafts.

  • All vessels and/or steamship agents must keep this office informed of any change in ETA.
  • Vessels are required to provide a 24-hour notice of arrival at the CR buoy to the Columbia River Bar Pilots by phone or email.

For Outbound Vessels & Harbor Moves:

  • All orders for sailing or harbor moves must be placed between 0700-1600 hours.
  • Sailings or harbor moves in the Ports of Portland, Vancouver, Kalama & Longview require three (3) hours notice.
  • Sailings or harbor moves for all Ports below Longview require three (3) hours notice.
  • Any sailing or harbor move occurring from 1900 through 0900 the next day is an After Hours job.
  • Orders for After Hours Job must be placed with our Dispatch no later than 1600 as either a “Set Job” or “Call Job”.
  • A “Set Job” is used for definite sailing/shifting times.  The Pilot will report at designated time with no additional notifications required. A Report Charge will be billed if pilot arrives and job cancels.
  • A “Call Job” is used for tentative sailing/shifting times after Dispatch Hours.  A Pilot will not report until the job is set.  There is no charge for canceling a call job. To set a Call Job, call the Merchant’s Exchange at or VHF Channel 16, call sign WHW656, with the appropriate three (3) hour notice.