Month: October 2017

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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#MeToo Movement is NOT New

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’ve been bombarded with the latest viral, social media hashtag, #MeToo. This social media hashtag was in response to verbal coercion, sexual misconduct and rape allegations of film producer and co-founder of Miramax Film Studios, Harvey Weinstein.  Most recently, the #MeToo campaign has ignited a firestorm of, not only support, but a platform to display the magnitude and prevalence of occurrence.  A platform in which those victims’ voices may ring out, in a booming chorus of solidarity. #MeToo is nothing new. Decades of fed-up and abused victims, young and...

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Medic Nicola Gardener

Meet Nicola Gardener from Brighton, UK. She’s a British Army Veteran, who sought an adventurous career upon departing the service. Nicola has a nursing degree from Birmingham City University, a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Studies from the University of the West of Scotland, and a Post-Graduate Certificate (M.Sc.) in Occupational Health and Safety Management from Portsmouth University. Nicola found her new career in the North Sea as a Medic and HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) Advisor. On ships and platforms, Nicola is responsible for the crew’s medical care and all health, safety, and environmental matters. Nicola has...

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Reducing the Gender Gap with Geologist Greg Noah

With the ever-unintended – almost severe – sternness in his gaze, Greg, ever so stoically, turned to me and announced, “Lauren, you’re staying as a senior hand.”  His eyes began to twinkle and, as they softened, his face thawed into a collection of charmingly gleeful smile lines. Meet Greg Noah – Wellsite Geologist, former lecturer at Memorial University (MUN) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and my own, personal offshore gender diversity champion and mentor.  Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 1979, and a Masters in Business Administration in 1988.  I have had the pleasure to work with...

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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Maritime?

In a 2015 report from the US State Department of Commerce, STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) careers grew six times faster from 2005-2015 than non-STEM careers. It only makes sense that this trend will continue. We consider careers like mechanical engineering, computer programming, or being a NASA rocket scientist when we think of STEM.  But, what about the maritime industry? If we think about it, it shouldn’t be hard for people to see how STEM branches out, offshore. Naval architects designing ships, the marine engineers maintaining the power plant and equipment, the deck officers in charge of navigation and...

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