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Published on : Thursday, December 12, 2013
Seattle-based Un-Cruise Adventures announced today the promotions of Captain Tim Voss to vice president of technical operations and Captain Jill Russell to vice president of nautical operations. Both work in the adventure cruise line’s Seattle office at Fishermen’s Terminal.
All ship masters working aboard the line’s eight vessels report directly to Russell. She also oversees the on board departments and shoreside operations.
Voss oversees technical operations including engineering, refits, shipyard projects, safety and regulatory compliance, inventory control and purchasing. A team of engineers and marine specialists report to Voss directly.
“We’re mighty lucky to have these two salty souls on our team,” said Dan Blanchard, captain and CEO of Un-Cruise Adventures. “Their years of experience working in the marine industry—land and sea—are highly advantageous to a growing company like us.”
Russell has been with the company for just over two years. Hired as captain of the Safari Endeavour in October 2011, Russell spent time on board in Alaska and Mexico’s Sea of Cortés before taking over a newly created position of port captain in March 2013. Russell has years of experience in the maritime industry including working as operations manager at Pacific Maritime Institute, director of operations at Glacier Bay Cruiseline and owner/lead instructor at Compass Courses Maritime Training.
Voss began his career at Un-Cruise Adventures (then known as American Safari Cruises) in 2001 as project manager of a major vessel refit before working as a captain and then director of operations. With the company’s growth and acquisition of new vessels, Voss took on the role of project manager overseeing vessel refits beginning in 2010 and evolved into the director of special projects. Other marine experience includes four years as captain at Cruise West, captain for Dutch Harbor Seafood’s factory ships in the Bering Sea, and years spent aboard commercial fishing ships, tankers and freighters.