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About Us

The Board of Maritime Pilots was established in 1846 to promote safe shipping.



Our vision is to provide for the availability of efficient, economical, and competent pilotage services.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote public safety by assuring that only well-qualified persons are licened to pilot vessels entering and leaving Oregon's ports.


Board members are appointed by the Governor and approved by Senate. The Board consists of three public members, three pilot members, and three shipping industry members. The agency exists within the Public Utility Commission of Oregon, and is staffed by two employees, an Executive Director, and an Administrator.


  • Pilot Trainee & Pilot Apprentice Selection and Training - The Board has five selection and training programs. The requirements for qualifying for these programs are listed in the applications and instructions on our Forms page.
  • Incident Investigations - The Board investigates any incident that occurs while a licensee or trainee is providing pilotage service to a vessel.
  • License Administration - The Board sets the criteria for issuing new and renewal licenses.
  • Ratemaking Proceedings - The Board 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.

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