Wilhelmsen Ship Management has appointed South Korean Lee Eun Ran as its first female captain.

Captain Lee, 34, who has 11 years of experience at the sea, joined Wilhelmsen in 2010 as a cadet. She will take command of a pure car/truck carrier.

Wilhelmsen said it was a long journey and steep learning curve for the company to appoint its first female captain, as shipping is still a male-dominated industry and has been so for many decades.