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Port of C.C. hires first female deputy pilot

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Port of Corpus Christi appointed Captain Andrea Morrison as its first female Deputy Port Pilot. Port of Corpus Christi appointed Captain Andrea Morrison as its first female Deputy Port Pilot.
Captain Andrea Morrison took photos with the Port Commission after she was appointed. Captain Andrea Morrison took photos with the Port Commission after she was appointed.

The Port of Corpus Christi has made history.

The Port hired its first female Deputy Port Pilot to move ships in and out of the Port of Corpus Christi.

During its meeting Tuesday morning, the Port Commission appointed Captain Andrea Morrison to take part in the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilot Association training program. Captain Morrison, who's originally from Orange, California, was chosen out of a long list of applicants. The Port Commission felt she was the most qualified. Morrison has sailed various vessels, including harbor tugs, tankers, container ships and roro vessels.

Captain Morrison says while she attending Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, California, she decided to go to maritime school, which she learned was predominantly male. She says her classes were 90-percent male and 10-percent female. Morrison said that didn't matter and she learned a lot.

She says while in college, she was sent out on the cadet training program in Beaumont. Her first day onboard a ship, she knew she loved it and decided she wanted a career out a sea. In 2010, she graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

Since then, she has sailed several vessels. Captain Morrison told KRIS 6 News her previous experience has prepared her for this position. She said, "I worked on oil tankers for several years, coming in and out of the Port of Corpus Christi and I hope my experience with that would continue with the pilot program."

She's won several safety awards from companies like Shell Chartering and Crowley Maritime.

Morrison will participate in the Aransas-Corpus Pilots observation and training program. Then, she'll take the rigorous First-Class Pilot written exam before working on the waterway. Captain Morrison says she'll be keeping busy. She said, "I'm going to study and get all my stuff out of the way and hopefully be boarding ships shortly."

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