The Port of Corpus Christi is set to get its first ever female Deputy Branch Pilot of the Port of Corpus Christi Waterways.
The Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots selected Captain Andrea Morrison for the position. They will present her qualifications to the Pilot Board at the scheduled Port Commissioner meeting this morning.
The Pilot Board has minimum standards that applicants must meet to be considered to enter the Deputy Branch Pilot Pool. There is an application review committee that will determine if a candidate may be accepted.
The Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots Association is expected to submit a letter of acceptance to the United State Coast Guard which will allow Captain Morrison to participate in observation and training. This will allow her to focus on passing the rigorous First-Class Pilot written exam before she transitions to active waterway training.
The Pilot Board will ensure that once a candidate becomes a Deputy Branch Pilot they are able to dedicate their entire attention to learning the challenging dynamics of our waterway, including new terminals and channel extensions.
Once Captain Morrison completes her testing and an initial 120-day riding observer period, she will be presented to the Port of Corpus Christi Pilot Board for a formal request to the Texas Governor for approval as a Deputy Branch Pilot of the Port of Corpus Christi Waterways.
"Port Corpus Christi is honored to welcome Captain Morrison as the first ever female pilot of our port's waterways. We wish her well as she continues training to lead vessels in and out of our waterways," Charles W. Zahn, Jr., Chairman of the Port Corpus Christi Commission, said.
Morrison was born in Orange, California. She graduated from a high school in Riverside, CA in 2005 and was appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, where she graduated in 2010.
While attending Kings Point, Cadet Morrison sailed as both an Engine and Deck Cadet on several types of vessels, including harbor tugs, tankers, container ships and roro vessels. She was also the team captain of the Academy's track team and a leader in her Regiment.
Upon graduation, Morrison moved to Seattle, WA where she sailed as 3rd Mate with Crowley Petroleum Services. She continued her career with Crowley sailing as 2nd Mate and ultimately achieving the rank of Chief Mate in September of 2016. She earned her Master Unlimited License in July of 2016, and completed Master's training in January of 2017.