The Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots of the Port of Corpus Christi Waterways introduced Tuesday their first female deputy branch pilot, Captain Andrea Morrison, during a ceremony at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center.

Morrison was selected from a pool of candidates. She was born in Orange, Ca., and graduated from Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, Ca. She was appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, where she graduated in 2010. While there, she sailed as both an engine and deck cadet on several vessels including harbor tugs, tankers, container ships and roro vessels.

The Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots Association will submit a letter of acceptance to the U.S. Coast Guard to allow Morrison to participate in their program. This will allow her to work on passing the First-Class Pilot written exam before switching to active waterway training.