We have a special episode for you today. In today’s episode, Christine MacMillan speaks with both Captain Trevor Bozina and Captain Sandy Bendixen from Puget Sound Pilots. They share their experiences and path to becoming pilots while speaking about maternity leave offshore. This is a podcast you don’t want to miss!

After growing up on the water and attending Maine Maritime Academy, Captain Bendixen sailed from Third Mate to Captain on RORO, heavy-lift and container ships from the United States to the Middle East. At the age of 29, Captain Bendixen was given her first command. Captain Bendixen sailed as the Master of the largest heavy lift ship in the U.S. Fleet. In September 2018 at 36 years old, after a rigorous training program and drawing every chart of Puget Sound from memory, Captain Bendixen became the first female Puget Sound Pilot. Captain Bendixen spends her days piloting ships and working as a Washington State Pilot Commissioner. There are approximately 1,100 harbor pilots in the United States and less than 3% of the pilots in the United States are female.

Captain Trevor grew up in San Francisco, CA sailing with his family in San Francisco Bay. He graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 2006 and went to work on tugs. Working in San Francisco Bay for Baydelta Maritime, he became a Captain when he was 26 operating tractor tugs for ship assist and escort work. The most memorable experiences in his career have been the ones he has shared with his family aboard the tug, and how excited they were for him when he passed the Washington State Pilot exam.

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