Today is the final show featuring a recent interview with Samantha Steerman, vessel traffic coordinator for the Columbia River Bar Pilots. Her job is unique, demanding and central to the transit of cargo ships on the river.

Her role, like many jobs in the maritime industry, is largely hidden from the public. She’s part of a vital workforce of maritime professionals who work shoreside, making it possible for pilots, ships and their crews to do their jobs on the river.

It’s not a stretch to say that without skilled professionals like Samantha working here on our local waterfront, we would not have our “90 percent of everything” that comes to us on ships.