Coronavirus Precautions

COVID-19 Pre-Boarding Precautions

In an effort to keep ship’s crews and pilots safe and healthy, the Columbia River Bar Pilots and Columbia River Pilots have the following requests:

Before the pilot boards the ship:

  • Notify the pilot dispatcher if anyone is sick on board or experiencing any of the symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.
  • Sanitize all surfaces on in the bridge – especially radars, radios, consoles, countertops and handrails.

When the pilot is aboard:

  • Unless requested otherwise, escort the pilot to the bridge by way of exterior ladders.
  • If an elevator is used, avoid riding with the pilot by providing a separate escort at each end of the lift.
  • Everyone on the bridge should wear face masks.
  • Hand sanitizer should be easily available.
  • Everyone entering the bridge should immediately sanitize their hands.
  • The ship’s crew and pilot should try to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet).
  • Limit personnel on the bridge to those required for the safe navigation of the vessel.
  • To the extent practical, keep the bridge cool and well ventilated. Consider keeping a door open.

Thank you for adhering to these precautions.

If you have any questions you can contact the Columbia River Bar Pilots at or the Columbia River Pilots at

June 2021
COVID-19 Pre-Boarding Precautions

Additional Information:

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers (International Chamber of Shipping)
US Coast Guard – Marine Safety Information Bulletin (February 1, 2021)
US Coast Guard – COVID-19 Guidance & Other Updates (April 10, 2020)
US Coast Guard – Marine Safety Information Bulletin (March 9, 2020)
US Coast Guard – Marine Safety Information Bulletin (February 2, 2020)