Board of Maritime Pilots
Address: 800 NE Oregon St., #15, Portland 97232
Contact: Eric Burnette, Executive Director; Susan Johnson, Administrator
Duties and Responsibilities: The Board of Maritime Pilots (OBMP) was established in 1846 to promote safe shipping. The board is made up of three public members, three pilot members, and three shipping industry members. OBMP’s mission is to promote public safety by assuring that only well-qualified persons are licensed to pilot vessels entering and leaving Oregon’s ports. The agency is staffed by two employees: a part-time executive director and a full-time administrator.
OBMP licenses and regulates approximately 60 pilots who use their special knowledge of local conditions to direct vessels calling on the ports of Coos Bay, Yaquina Bay, Astoria, Kalama, Longview, Vancouver and Portland. The board has five selection and training programs and investigates any incident that occurs while a licensee or trainee is providing pilotage service to a vessel. The board sets the criteria for issuing new and renewal licenses. It regulates the amounts that pilots can charge for their services and publishes tariffs. No licensee can demand or receive any greater, lesser or different compensation for piloting a vessel upon any of the pilotage grounds than is allowed by law.