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Vallejo College for Mariners hires first female training ship captain

Samaro Bannister-Schneider will serve as the acting captain of the training vessel Golden Bear (TSGB), a vessel operated by Vallejo-based California State University Maritime Academy, the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast.

He reported that Bannister would be Cal Maritime’s first female captain of the ship.

“Captain Bannister is an experienced sea captain who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Cal Maritime and I know every cadet will benefit immensely from his leadership on the training ship Golden Bear,” said Cal Maritime President. , Thomas A. Cropper, in ad.

His most recent sailing experience, the university said, was as commanding officer of the Navy vehicle freighter Soderman. Bannister spent over 14 years sailing the high seas with Maersk Line Ltd and Ocean Ships Inc. in senior and junior positions. She worked in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She also held leadership positions for Joint Logistics Over the Sea (JLOTS) off Guatemala in 2007 and off Lynnhaven, Virginia in 2008, according to the announcement.

The ship she will oversee in her new position is the primary training platform “on which cadets apply the technology skills introduced in the classroom and the leadership skills learned through their assignments and responsibilities within the Corps of Cadets”, the college said.

It serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics.