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About OBMP

The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots (OBMP) was established in 1846 to promote safe shipping. The agency exists within the Oregon Public Utility Commission and is staffed by two employees, an Executive Director and an Administrator. The Board consists of three public members, three pilot members, and three shipping industry members, are appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate. The Board establishes beneficial programs and oversees the implementation of those programs, which are highlighted below.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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

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Our Programs

  1. Pilot Trainee and Pilot Apprentice Selection & Training - The Board has five selection and training programs available. The qualification requirements are listed within the applications and instructions.
  2. Incident Investigations – The Board investigates any incident that occurs while a licensee or trainee is providing pilotage service to a vessel.
  3. License Administration - The Board sets the criteria for issuing new and the renewal of licenses.
  4. Ratemaking Proceedings – The Board regulates the amount that pilots may charge for their services and publishes tariffs. No licensee may demand 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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