Silversea Cruises appoints Female Captain
Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises, has promoted Margrith Ettlin to the position of captain, a first for the cruise line in its 20-year history.
Captain Ettlin took control of the 132-guest expedition ship Silver Explorer on August 7 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her first tour of duty as captain will extend into October.
Captain Ettlin is a Swiss national with extensive maritime experience in remote regions, including the Arctic and Antarctica.
"We're very pleased and proud to extend this promotion to Captain Ettlin," said Christian Sauleau, Silversea's executive vice president of fleet operations. "Although we're not the first cruise company to have a female captain, we hope Captain Ettlin's achievement will inspire other women to pursue careers at sea."
Prior to joining Silversea as a staff captain in March 2010, Captain Ettlin worked for Germany's F. Laeisz shipping group. Her maritime career also includes nearly nine years as a staff captain with the German shipping company Hapag Lloyd.