Capt. Beth Gedney, the Passenger Vessel Association’s director of safety and security since 2004, passed away on June 20 in Seattle from breast cancer. She was 56. Described by PVA vice president Terri Bernstein as “an amazing woman and a huge asset to our organization,” Gedney worked as a PVA volunteer and board member prior to her employment with the association. A licensed master, Gedney graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 1979 and worked as a second officer for Foss Maritime from 1979-1982 and was vice president of marine operations for Clipper Navigation in Seattle from 1986-2003. Gedney also served on several U.S. Coast Guard advisory committees and was a member of Women in Shipping and Transportation (WISTA). “She was a valued colleague and friend and contributed a great deal to PVA’s work in representing the passenger vessel industry. We will miss her very much,” said John Groundwater, PVA’s executive director.