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

Phone Numbers

Dan Butler, Jim Horne
Capt. Steve Dobbins
Capt. Jeremy Nielsen
Vice President
Sheila Johnson
Office Manager
Ken Lawrenson
Business Manager

Office Fax




Mailing Address

Columbia River Pilots
13225 N. Lombard St.
Portland OR 97203


To order a pilot please call 503-289-9922

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


For Inbound Vessels:

  • We request 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 12-hour notice of arrival at the CR buoy to the Columbia River Bar Pilots by radio, phone, telex or fax as specified in the Coast Pilot.
  • Refer to the Vessel Movement Guidelines for additional information.


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 require 2 hours notice.
  • Sailings or harbor moves in the Ports of Kalama & Longview require 3 hours notice.
  • Sailings or harbor moves for all Ports below Longview require 4 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 503-228-4361 or VHF Channel 16, call sign WHW656, with the appropriate 2 or 3 hour notice.
  • Refer to the Vessel Movement Guidelines for additional information.