Month: October 2017

Third Engineer Klara Andersson

Meet Klara Andersson from Stockholm, Sweden. Klara is a graduate of Kalmar Maritime Academy and currently works on a car carrier as a 3rd Engineer. Her duties include maintenance and daily operation of generators for power production, boilers, and purifiers. Below, Klara shared with us what it has been like powering large ships to move vehicles from one continent to another: Klara, please start out by telling us which part of the world you work in. “I work out of whatever location my ship goes – which is pretty much, world-wide!  My last contract, I signed on in Manzanillo,...

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One Man’s #MeToo Revelation:  #IDid

For one man – a fellow colleague and dear friend – this movement effectuated a visceral reaction to seeing nearly every female connection on his social media outlet, posting ‘#MeToo.’  His post was not an admission of guilt of direct contribution to perpetuating the misogynistic mentality that permeates today’s culture.  It was a real and genuine introspective look into his own viewpoints and actions, on his previous relationships and how he is committed to change. Here is an excerpt from his heartfelt post: “#IDid have unhealthy views towards [the act of, and the opposite] sex – both casual and...

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Project Manager Anna Pilette

Meet Anna Pilette from Monroe, Michigan. Anna graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology & Physical Science.  Switching gears from her previous career as a member of the US Navy, Anna obtained a position as a project manager for a major oil company. Women Offshore recently had the privilege of interviewing Anna to learn more about her 16-year, world-wide career: Anna, what inspired you to work on the water? “I worked with sonar systems in the US Navy from 1994 to 2000.  I always loved this idea [of working around/in aquatic environments], ever since I...

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Ida Lewis: The Bravest Woman in America

On July 18, 2017, after battling returning champions Sarah Burn and Patricia Gerli on the open seas for the better part of a week, Maddie Hawkins and Kimmie Leonard stood victorious on the podium at the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship. The championship, held this year at the Annapolis Yacht Club, has been a mainstay in the sailing community since 1995 and each year the winners are presented with the famed Ida Lewis Trophy. Outside of the sailing community, few know of her prominence, which is why she is this month’s featured mariner. Ida Lewis was born into a...

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Third Officer Madeleine Wolczko

Meet Third Officer Madeleine Wolczko, from Vashon Island, WA.  An alumna of the California Maritime Academy with a B.Sc. in Marine Transportation, minoring in Law, she currently holds an Unlimited Third Mate License. Women Offshore caught up with Madeleine to see how her career has progressed over the last two and a half years she’s been working on the water.  Madeleine was a bit difficult to get a hold of as she is currently, out on the open water of the Mariana Islands of the South Pacific Ocean!  We tracked her down to ask her a few questions – here’s...

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