Public Utility Commission: Agency Subdivisions

Board of Maritime Pilots

Address: 800 NE Oregon St., #15, Portland 97232
Phone: 971-673-1530
Fax: 971-673-1531
Contact: Tom Griffitts​, Executive Director; Susan Johnson, Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 670, 776

Duties and Responsibilities: Part of the PUC for budget and administrative purposes, the board protects public health, safety and welfare by ensuring that only highly qualified and carefully trained persons are licensed to pilot vessels. The board directly supports the $26 billion maritime economic engine that generates over 55,000 dependent jobs statewide. Pilots are essential to Oregon’s maritime industry. They are navigational and ship handling experts who direct the transit of vessels calling on the ports of Coos Bay, Yaquina Bay, Astoria, Kalama, Longview, Vancouver and Portland.

Their functions have been regulated since 1846, before statehood, making the Board of Maritime Pilots one of the oldest state agencies in Oregon.