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. The States of Oregon and Washington require masks to be worn in all workplaces.
• 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 dispatch@columbiariverbarpilots.com or the Columbia River Pilots at dispatchers@colrip.com.

December 2020
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 – 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)