San Francisco Bar Pilots Name Capt. Anne McIntyre as Business Director

PRESS RELEASE: First female Columbia River Pilot brings 23 Years of Experience to the 170-year-old pilotage organization.

Captain Anne McIntyre

Captain Anne McIntyre

The San Francisco Bar Pilots are pleased to announce that Capt. Anne McIntyre has joined the organization as Business Director. A former Columbia River Pilot and Oregon pilot commissioner, McIntyre comes to the Bar Pilots with a strong background in pilot association management and regulatory affairs.  

“Capt. McIntyre has an exemplary track record of service and leadership in the maritime and pilotage industries,” said Capt. Joseph Long, President of the San Francisco Bar Pilots. “We’re honored to have someone with her credentials join our 170-year-old organization.”

In her role as Business Director, Capt. McIntyre will oversee internal business and financial management for the organization, as well as actively participate in external affairs and regulatory matters related to pilotage. Raymond Paetzold, who has been serving in the dual roles of Business Director and General Counsel since 2015, will remain as General Counsel.

“After serving 23 years as a Columbia River Pilot, I am excited to be joining the San Francisco Bar Pilots in this new role,” said Capt. McIntyre. “I look forward to continuing our work with industry stakeholders and regulatory partners to ensure the economic vitality of the Bay Area.”

Concluding more than two decades of service in the Northwest, Capt. McIntyre is happy to return to her roots. She began her career in 1988 as a deck officer graduate of the California Maritime Academy, and spent the first 8 years of her career with Chevron Shipping Co.  

In 1996, she was selected by the Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots to become the first woman Columbia River Pilot. During her tenure as a Pilot, she was actively involved in the administration of the pilot association, working extensively with regional industry representatives and regulators.

In 2013, she earned a MS in Transportation and Engineering Management, also from the California Maritime Academy, where she is an active member of the CMA Alumni Association. 

About the San Francisco Bar Pilots
For 170 years, the San Francisco Bar Pilots have been navigating the world’s largest ships through some of North America’s most difficult waterways. These state and federally-licensed master mariners are highly-specialized ship captains who rely on navigational experience, ship-handling skills, and local knowledge to transport more than $1.2 billion in goods to and from 200 Bay Area ports, docks, and berths every day. This critical service protects more than 1,000 miles of fragile coastline and 90% of the state’s marshlands. Learn more at

This press release statement courtesy of San Francisco Bar Pilots & BergDavis Public Affairs

UNITE: Recap

By Captain Lindsay M. Price

On July 12-13, 2019, the 2nd annual Women Offshore UNITE conference was held at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Over two days, we heard from powerful leaders in the maritime and offshore industries, encouraging diversity and inclusion both offshore and shoreside. More than 175 mariners gathered from all over the world for this empowering and inspiring event.

Women Offshore was created as an online organization and resource center in support of a diverse workforce on the water. Their mission is to shine a light on women in operations, provide resources, and share the latest efforts on gender diversity and inclusion in the offshore and maritime industries.

One of the eight panels was “Maritime Pilots Across the World”. In attendance on the panel were five female pilots: Captain Josephine Clark, Port Authority of New South Wales, Australia; Liz Marami, Kenya Port Authority, Kenya; Reshma Nilofer, Calcutta Hugli Pilots Guild, India; Captain Karen Nola, Sandy Hook Pilots, USA; and Captain Hanna Odengrund, Eastcoast Pilots, Swedish Maritime Administration, Sweden. 

The panel’s moderator, Captain Bob Carr, San Francisco Bar Pilots, USA, said: “The panel ‘Maritime Pilots from Around the World’ had incredible speakers sharing some significant experiences. The efforts of both Reshma Nilofer, India and Liz Mirami, Kenya to gain access to piloting for women was truly impressive. The women pilots from Sweden and Australia presented work environments which are examples of where the industry as a whole should be moving towards and beyond. The pilots shared lessons and challenges which seemed to resonate with the audience. I started out feeling awkward, being the only male and knowing the audience was there to hear the panelists’ stories, not mine. The shared experiences of working as a pilot brought me right into each work situation the panelists were discussing. I am grateful Ally invited the SF Bar Pilots to moderate this panel. I cannot wait to get involved in more initiatives encouraging women to pursue leadership careers in maritime.”

The conference closed with a group dinner where founder Ally Cedeno presented four women with the Wave Maker Awards. These women have made great strides to support diversity and inclusion within the maritime and offshore industries. Captain Sherri Hickman has been with the Houston Pilot Association since 1994. As one of the first two female pilots in the Houston Pilot Association, Captain Hickman has been a leader supporting female seafarers and showing them how to always strive for their goals. Delfina Govia, partner at Veritas Total Solutions, has over 35 years experience in the energy business. Delfina leads activities in management consulting, general management, business transformation, project management, and financial analysis. Janelle Daniel, Vice President of Human Resources, Community Relations, & Sustainability at Transocean, manages an integrated approach to Transocean’s diversity and inclusions programs. Jaquelyn Burton, Kongsburg Maritime, sailed as chief mate for MEBA until 2018 and is now helping shape the future of autonomous vessels. All four of these women have paved the way for subsequent generations and continue to make waves in the maritime and offshore industries. 

Captain Bob Carr added, “I was impressed by the energy and sincerity I experienced at the conference. I will be sharing this with my counterparts at the pilots and my old colleagues at Chevron Shipping. I agreed with the sentiment that men in leadership roles in their organizations should be a part of such a conference. Taking the veneer off ‘policies’ and ‘mission statements’ and creating a work environment required to make the career attractive to everyone is the true mission.

In addition to moderating the panel on ‘Maritime Pilots Across the World’, I had the opportunity to attend several other panels, as well as listen to the keynote speakers at the UNITE Women Offshore Conference. I have a greater understanding of the issues facing women mariners, the progress which has been made, and the efforts which remain to be done. My personal development as a mentor and advocate for women in the industry was exponentially raised. 

I was particularly struck by a comment made by a panelist on day one. ‘One woman on a vessel is not enough.’ This was not a comment meant to convey a need for equality but a heartfelt statement of the need for camaraderie with other women onboard. The need to talk about shared experiences, the ability to discuss personal and professional issues with another woman, in person, and the need for their male counterparts to realize a gender diverse workforce is routine were the reasons given. This comment resonated with me as I look at the difficulties for a woman getting the support she needs to remain in the career long enough to get command time - command time which is necessary as a criterion for consideration by the California Board of Pilot Commissioners as a trainee candidate. I see it as likely the pool of candidates will remain small until the maritime industry reaches a representation in keeping with twenty-first century expectations, a stated goal of IMO.” 

Photo Left to Right: Liz Marami, Captain Josephine Clark, Reshma Nilofer, Captain Karen Nola, Captain Hanna Odengrund, Captain Bob Carr

Photo Left to Right: Liz Marami, Captain Josephine Clark, Reshma Nilofer, Captain Karen Nola, Captain Hanna Odengrund, Captain Bob Carr

International Day Of The Seafarer: Empowering Women In The Maritime Community

by Lindsay Price

On April 4-5, 2019, I had the chance to travel to Malmö, Sweden and participate in the 3rd World Maritime University (WMU) International Women’s conference on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. There were over 350 participants representing more than 70 countries.

The conference opened with welcoming remarks by Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, president of WMU. She stated that in 2008, the maritime industry was the most underrepresented industry for women in the world, with only 1-2% of all actively sailing mariners being female. Now, more than 10 years later, that number remains the same. Some of the goals she talked about were removing structural barriers and no woman left behind. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) along with WMU is strongly committed in helping the United Nations achieve the 2030 agenda.

The 2030 agenda for sustainable development adopted by all United Nations Member States include 17 sustainable development goals which are an urgent call for action by all countries. Goal number 5, to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, was the highlight of the conference combined with the IMO’s 2019 theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.

Throughout the conference we heard from men and women supporting women in the industry, and discussing how to make the industry more appealing for women to stay at sea. By conference end we left feeling empowered and awakened to the goals set by the IMO.

On this June 25th, as we celebrate International Day of the Seafarer, I encourage everyone to spread the word about gender equality and attend conferences such as the one in Malmö. It’s an honor to be a part of this movement and I’m excited to see how far the Maritime Industry has come and will go in the future.

#IAmOnBoard can be used by anyone engaging in the campaign, male or female, to show their solidarity for gender equality in seafaring. 

Women who are actively sailing who attended the conference. Left to right: Captain Lindsay M Price, 1st Officer Nicholine Tifuh Azith, Captain Wendy Williams, Captain Hanna Odengrund, Captain Marlin Anderson, Captain Kate McCue, 1st Officer Agnes Olsson, Captain Linda Svenson

Women who are actively sailing who attended the conference. Left to right: Captain Lindsay M Price, 1st Officer Nicholine Tifuh Azith, Captain Wendy Williams, Captain Hanna Odengrund, Captain Marlin Anderson, Captain Kate McCue, 1st Officer Agnes Olsson, Captain Linda Svenson

Meet Puget Sound's Newest Pilot!

by Claire Lewis

My friend Sandy Bendixen is the definition of having and reaching long-term goals. For nearly her entire life, she has wanted to be a pilot, and that goal recently became her reality. Sandy is now the newest pilot in Puget Sound.

I met Sandy in college, and we have remained good friends throughout the years. I have always been impressed by her knowledge, expertise, and professionalism, and lately it’s become clear that I’m far from the only one impressed. It has been so inspiring to watch the local maritime industry support her and cheer her on as she continues to excel at her job.

Read more about Sandy’s adventures here.

Photo: Sandra Bendixen/The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Photo: Sandra Bendixen/The Northwest Seaport Alliance