Month: December 2017

Build a Support System & You’ll Never Walk Alone

Whether on an oil rig that is 100 miles offshore, or a merchant ship that’s 1000, a maritime career sometimes feels like a lonely one, especially for a woman. A couple hundred feet of cold steel. Berthing quarters that are more utilitarian than comforting. And you are sometimes surrounded by strangers, and often the only woman. Overcoming loneliness and the feelings of depression that might accompany it are aspects of wellness that cannot be overlooked.  A support system is be a vital part of the wellness puzzle, every bit as important as your diet and exercise. We have talked...

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Second Mate Max Kantor

Meet Max Kantor from Huntington Beach, California. Max is a graduate of California Maritime Academy, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Transportation and a USCG Unlimited Tonnage Third Mate License. For almost 7 years, Max has worked on the water. She has experience on a research vessel, crude oil tankers and tugs. Max upgraded her Third Mate License and now holds a USCG Second Mate License. She has also earned a USCG 1600 Tons Master’s License. When we heard about what Max had been up to recently, we were excited to feature her career. Max currently works...

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That Rascally Job Hunt

Looking for a job in the marine industries is nothing like it once was. Job seekers are harder pressed to find work, while getting any interaction from companies.   Knowing I might be dating myself like an old salt, I freelanced a few times and worked for companies the rest of my career. As a freelancer, I remember picking jobs off a list based on how much fun I’d thought they’d be. I also remember a time when I could call a company up, ask for a person, and tell them I needed a job. Getting a meeting was as...

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Environmental Officer Angela Sampson

Meet Angela Sampson from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Angela has a Bachelor’s Degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, as well as a Master’s Degree from University of Edinburgh in Scotland in Environmental Sustainability. Angela worked as an Environmental Officer for 6 years on cruise ships. She took her experience ashore recently to become an Environmental Health and Safety Engineer at a toy company. We caught up with Angela to learn about her time on cruise ships, as the first American female officer in her fleet: Angela, what inspired you to work on the water? “My Dad is...

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A Healthy Holiday Season

Fitting fitness into your daily routine can be difficult at any time of the year. Add working offshore, or in an office, along with holiday parties, family visits, and travel, and it can feel nearly impossible to hit the gym. Aweigh-Fitness is here to give some tips to a healthy holiday season! Diet There’s something that’s so nostalgic about holiday goodies.  The warm apple pies, homemade cookies, holiday parties and the favorite family recipes that flow over the dining room table during the holiday feasts. It is very easy to say, “I never get to eat these foods, I can...

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