Month: November 2017

Deckhand Kate Geister

Meet Kate Geister from Frankfort, Michigan.  Kate works as a deckhand on an expeditionary cruise ship that travels from the United States to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize. As a deckhand, Kate is an expert line handler for docking and undocking her vessel.  She also assists her ship’s officers by keeping a watchful eye on vessel traffic, navigational hazards, and of course, marine life. Growing up on the Great Lakes, Kate was inspired to work on the water.  She found her calling.  “Being out at sea has changed my life and my soul.  I am a better person...

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Captain Sondra Kilian

Meet Captain Sondra Kilian from Charleston, South Carolina. Captain Sondra has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vessel Operations and Technology from Maine Maritime Academy.  She currently holds a 1600GT/3000GT Master’s License Upon Oceans and an Officer Endorsement of Master of Towing. Captain Sondra has been working on the water for 10 years in the Southeast U.S., Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. At the time of this writing, Captain Kilian was 38 weeks pregnant and opened up to expose the ins and outs of the maritime industry, on the road for a female mariner to be able to ‘have it all’...

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Pool Deck Supervisor Trudi van der Walt

Meet Trudi van der Walt. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Trudi previously worked on cruise ships as a deck and pool supervisor. During her time on board, Trudi was inspired to return to school to pursue a career on the navigation bridge, preparing to one day be captain. Trudi has already accomplished some of her licensure, that includes Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster and VHF (Very High Frequency) radio operation. In January 2018, Trudi will enroll in a maritime academy in South Africa to become a licensed bridge officer. Below, Trudi shared with Women Offshore, some of her experiences working...

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Women’s Energy Network Scholarship for High School Senior Girls

Women Offshore is proud to connect you with the Women’s Energy Network of Houston and their 2018 Academic Scholarship Program. Founded in 1994, the Women’s Energy Network’s (WEN) mission is to develop programs that provide networking opportunities and foster the careers and leadership development of women who work in the energy industries. WEN is also committed to fueling the industries’ future needs for recruiting top talent, by introducing high school students to careers in energy. Through their Young Women Energized (YWE) program, the WEN Chapter of Houston provides students, parents, and educators career planning opportunities. On Tuesday, January 23rd at...

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Chief Officer Jennifer McCaul

Meet Jennifer McCaul from Saltcoats, Scotland. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Strathclyde University and a Foundation Degree from Warsash Maritime Academy. Jennifer has worked on the water for the past 7 years. She is currently assigned to a ship off the coast of West Africa as a Dynamic Positioning Operator, holding both a Chief Mate License for working on unlimited tonnage vessels and an unlimited Dynamic Positioning Certificate. We caught up with Jennifer to learn more about her career: Jennifer, what inspired you to work on the water? “I wanted to join the RAF (Royal Air...

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