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Elizabeth Marami is the first female maritime pilot in E. Africa. Click image for a short YouTube video about Elizabeth.

Puget Sound pilot Captain Sandy Bendixen is the first woman to be licensed as a maritime pilot in Washington State. Read her story here! Photo courtesy of the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

The JDC attends several conferences every year focused on diversity in maritime including Cal Maritime's Women in Maritime Leadership, MARAD's Women on the Water, and Women Offshore's UNITE.


OUR VISION: Establish a pilot corps that reflects the people of Washington State by increasing the diversity of state licensed pilots.

​​The Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners (BPC) strongly supports inclusion and diversity in pilotage. In August of 2016, the Board, in partnership with Puget Sound Pilots (PSP), formed the BPC/PSP Joint Diversity Committee (JDC) with the goal to improve diversity: through improvements of awareness of marine career paths; by publicizing exam and training opportunities; by addressing economic barriers to marine pilot training/career; by addressing work environment barriers to marine pilot training/career; and through examination of the routes of entry into pilot training in Washington State. Committee members include active and retired male and female pilots, maritime industry leaders and professionals, and graduates from maritime academies. Additional information can be found below:

Committee Meeting Notes
August 11, 2016
January 26, 2017
June 1, 2017
August 8, 2017
October 2, 2017
November 1, 2017

December 11, 2017

January 30, 2018

March 8, 2018

May 29, 2018

November 15, 2019
January 8, 2020

April 23, 2020 (coming soon)
June 10, 2020 (coming soon)

Additional Information
BPC Diversity Action Plan (coming soon)
Member Directory (coming soon)

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Sexual Harassment Policy

Resources and Support

Women's International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA)

Sea Sisters 

Women Offshore

Maritime Employment Resource Guide - Center For Wooden Boats

View IMO's video Turning the Tide, promoting gender diversity in the maritime industry internationally.