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CAPTAIN, NAUTICAL SERVICES INTERNATIONAL
Captain Debra Marks has been working full time as a yacht captain for the past 42 years operating yachts of up to 164′ long. For two decades of this career, she was one of approximately five women in the U.S. to hold a USCG 500 Ton Masters License.
Yacht Captain – Hundreds of vessel trips: Vancouver through the Panama Canal, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South China Sea, Adriatic Sea, Bahamas, Florida to the Chesapeake Bay. Various vessels 42 to 164 feet in length. 1978-2021
Captained approx.12,500 vessel transits of San Diego Bay 5,500 at night. 1978 -2021.
Loaded/unloaded 18 various yachts from various transport ships worldwide.
Five San Diego Commercial Ship Transits (car carriers) with San Diego Harbor Pilots Capt. Ed Silva, Capt. Eric Ireland and Capt. Phil Ryan.
Instructor in hands-on close-quarters vessel maneuvering, systems, safety, navigation, electronics, cruising to new vessel owners. 2005 – 2021
Captain and Manager “Celebration” Cruise Line, San Diego. 110’ vessel, 150 passengers. Hired and trained staff and crew of forty to execute fire, abandon ship, MOB drills, and food service. 1992-1993
Charter Business Manager and Captain San Diego. 65’ motor yacht USCG Certified to carry 49 passengers. Managed, hired, and trained crew, operated and maintained yacht. Solely responsible for sales, marketing, and event management. Increased revenue an average of 35% per year over a ten year period. 1987-1997
Marine Consultant – Project Coordinator for H.I. Marina Association. Acted as liaison to the port district and marina construction consultant. 1985
Director, Ship Operations – Developed cruise itinerary, examined a prospective ship in operation in the Med. Investigated all phases of operating a 500’ ship cruise ship. Negotiated terms of purchase and obtained financing. 1984
Importer & Distributor – Imported new 38’-90’ yachts. Inspected production in Hong Kong, managed sales, shipping overseas, delivery and commissioning. 1982 – 1985
San Diego Harbor Safety Committee – Appointed by the State of California to serve as Chair of the State-mandated committee. Committee members include representatives of the Navy, USCG, Port District, commercial shipping, harbor pilots, tug operators, CA Coastal Commission, and environmental. 1997-2009
Maritime Woman of the Year Award – 1992
Keynote speaker, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D. C. – 2006
Appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security to the Chair position of the Federal Navigation Safety Advisory Council in Washington D.C.
Advise Federal Government on National & IMO issues. 2007 – 2015
Awarded a United States of America Medal for Meritorious Public Service