For the first time in the cruise line’s 20 year history, Silversea has promoted one of their female officers to the position of Captain.
Margrith Ettlin is Silversea’s first female Captain and will be at the helm of the line’s Silver Explorer, a specialized expedition ship. Captain Ettlin assumed control of the ship on August 7th in the Icelandic city of Reykjavik. According to Silversea, her first contract as Captain will extend until October of this year.
Captain Ettlin is a Swiss national who has extensive maritime experience. She joined Silversea as a staff captain in March of 2010. She previously worked for Germany’s F Laeisz shipping group and was a staff captain at Hapag Lloyd for about 9 years.
According to Silversea, Captain Ettlin should serve as a role model to other women who inspire to advance in the cruise industry: “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.”