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

Officer & Staff Contact Information

Jim Horne, Jeff Germano
Capt. Jeremy Nielsen
Capt. Dustin Johnson
Vice President
Gale Pudlitzke
Accounting Manager
Ken Lawrenson
Business Manager
Office Assistant 503-289-2524
Office Fax 503-662-6872
Mailing Address 13225 N. Columbia Blvd.
Portland OR 97203

To order a pilot, please call 503-289-9922 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 503-228-4361 or VHF Channel 16, call sign WHW656, with the appropriate three (3) hour notice.