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Proudly Serving
Ocean Shipping Interests calling
in the
Oregon and Southwest Washington
areas since 1922

Our Port Partners
Port of Portland, Mr. Fred Myer, Mr. Jeff Krug, Mr. Christian Jones, Mr. Dan Pippenger
Port of Vancouver, Mr. Kent Cash, Mr. Mike Schiller, Mr. Todd Coleman, Mr. Ken Mishler
Port of St. Helens, Mr. Patrick Trapp
Port of Longview, Ms. Ashley Helenberg, Mr. Geir-Eilif Kalhagen
Port of Kalama, Mr. Mark Wilson

Our Industry Partners
Merchants Exchange of Portland, Ms. Liz Wainwright, Ms. Hannah Zaayer, Ms. Rebekah Canfield, and Ms. Robin Wright
Millennium Bulk Terminals, Mr. Peter Bennett, Ms. Heather Sievers, Mr. Bob Stewart
Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA), Ms. Kristin Meira
Mr. Bruce Skerry (retired agent)
Maritime Fire and Safety Association (MFSA), Ms. Holly Robinson

F-PAAC, Ms. Alyson Evans
Portland Fire and Rescue, Station 21, Captain Martin Getch and Crew
Vancouver Fire Department, Division Chief Steve Eldred and Crew
Clark County Fire and Rescue, Captain Ryan Berg and Crew
Clean Rivers Cooperative, Mr. Ernie Quesada
Columbia River Towboat Association, Mr. Rob Rich, Mr. Bo McCall, Mr. Geoff Doerfler
Columbia River Pilots, Capt. Rick Gill, Ms. Elaine Truitt, and Jim Horne
Columbia River Bar Pilots, Capt. Dan Jordan
Zuna Business, Ms. Audrey Gurule

Our Government and Regulatory Partners
NOAA Northwest River Forecast Center, Mr. Steve King
Oregon DEQ, Mr. Rian Hooff, Mr. Mike Zollitsch
US Army Corps of Engineers, Colonel Jose Aguilar, Mr. Kevin Brice, PE, PMP and Ms. Judith Hutchings

Thank you!

The CRSOA has great pride in the establishment of the Columbia Regions’ Maritime Industry Introduction Program (called COBALT by the Coast Guard for Columbia Basin Leadership Training) originally designed for the incoming Captain of the Port, that continues to evolve to include other Coast Guard senior leaders and mid-level managers in a more formalized program. 

This program has traditionally been a week-long structured series of presentations, tours, and discussion sessions offered to every newly arriving U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port/ Sector Commander.  It has been offered at least once a year, every year since 1997.  

The Coast Guard selected the title “Columbia Basin Leadership Training” (COBALT) as the name and acronym for the program.  The program is coordinated by the Columbia River Steamship Operators’ Association (CRSOA), and presented by maritime industry leaders, and state and local government agency heads and representatives.  Each presentation is a product of the agency/organization presenting and provides information that organization’s leaders believe will be of benefit to the Coast Guard and our industry.

Sessions are designed to quickly acquaint you with our maritime industry’s issues, concerns, and priorities, and to encourage open dialogue with our region’s private sector leaders and experts. 

This year’s 16 participants heard from nearly 40 industry professionals over the four day program.  We would like to express our gratitude to the following individuals and organizations who helped make 2015 COBALT a success:

2015 COBALT Program a Success - CRSOA Thanks Industry Partners