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CMA Shipping
38th Annual Expo & Conference
March 21-23, 2023Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

Capt. Alexandra Hagerty
Master Mariner Unlimited Tonnage, MS, MA, AFNI at American Maritime Officers


Alexandra Hagerty, Captain, U.S. Merchant Marine, is Master with American Maritime Officers Union. She is a maritime expert witness, panelist, mentor and was the first female Captain on the hospital ship Africa Mercy with Mercy Ships. She is founder of “Captains Without Borders’ a maritime scholarship foundation that provides aid to cadets from underprivileged backgrounds around the globe.

She is a founding member of the Nautical Institute’s Younger Members Council, Vice President of International Relations with the Council of American Masters, and their US representative with the International Federation of Shipmasters Associations, an NGO at the International Maritime Organization in 2021. She was awarded Top 20 Women in 2021 by Marine Log Magazine.

Captain Hagerty maintains notable memberships with The Aspen Institute, the Boston Marine Society, the Council of American Master Mariners, The Nautical Institute, and the International Propeller Club of the United States. She holds an M.S. in International Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College and an M.A. in Cognitive Semiotics from Aarhus University of Denmark, with fluency in 4 languages.

Captain Hagerty is proud to encourage young people across globe into pursuing a career at sea and mentoring them. She realizes that a seagoing career opens doors to a plethora of opportunities including speaking, writing and being involved in professional organizations. She presented a paper with USCG Commander (Rtd) Camilla Bosanquet at IFSMA-IMO Biennial AGM on “Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Women on Ships & Ashore ». She has been asked to present at IFSMA in Tokyo 2023. She is proud to watch cadets she mentored pursuing career paths at sea and in the boardroom.

Agenda Sessions

  • Changing Culture: A timely assessment of mechanisms of protection and prevention in the maritime industry