Month: January 2018

Third Officer Maddiee Kuehner

Meet Maddiee Kuehner from Brunswick, Ohio. Maddiee is a graduate of Great Lakes Maritime Academy, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Maritime Technology, along with a USCG Unlimited 3rd Mate and a First Class Great Lakes Pilot License. Maddiee joined her first ship as a licensed third officer (mate) in August of 2016 through the International Organization of Master, Mates, and Pilots (MM&P). As Third Mate, Maddiee acts as the Safety Officer, inspecting and servicing the safety equipment aboard. Safety equipment on merchant ships can include lifeboats, life rafts, fire hoses, and fire extinguishers. She also navigates from...

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Losing a Loved One while at Sea

If you were in the middle of the ocean, 1000+ miles from land, how would you cope after hearing that a loved one passed away? A career at sea means we often miss out on life events at home.  Annual events, such as birthday parties and holidays, are perhaps not as difficult to miss knowing that one can celebrate next year.  Weddings are often missed as well, so sending well wishes with a gift can be an alternative to attending the big day.  We accept missing these events as part of the challenges of a life working on the...

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Safety Specialist Esmeline Marques

Meet Esmeline Marques from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Esmeline is certified as a Safety Tecnhinician (CEFET-AL) and has worked on the water for the past 8 years.  She is currently an Occupational Safety Specialist on a pipe-laying vessel in the offshore oil fields of Brazil. A pipe-laying vessel is used in the construction of subsea infrastructures and serves to connect oil production platforms with onshore refineries.  It carries a heavy lift crane to install pumps and valves and equipment to lay pipe.  Some pipe-laying vessels are even capable of laying pipe in 2.5+ kilometer deep waters! As an Occupational Safety Specialist, Esmeline performs inspections,...

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Clara Gordon Main & Heroic Efforts of the Merchant Marine in WWII

If you’ve read my first three posts, you know by now that I tend to seek out the obscure stories. Not wanting to disappoint the readers, I have chosen to go back to the World War II well of inspiration for this month’s featured mariner. While the story of the Japanese attacking the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 has become seared into American’s minds over the years, there is another remarkable story from that day that will be the focus of our attention. The SS President Harrison, a ship under charter by the U.S....

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Deck Cadet Katie Marshall

Meet Katie Marshall from Melbourne, Australia. Katie is a deck cadet from the Australian Maritime College (AMC), where she’s earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Science (Nautical Science) and a 3rd Mate License. At the time of this article, Katie is acquiring sea time and applying what she learned in the classroom at AMC on a platform supply vessel (PSV), which is designed to supply offshore oil fields. PSV’s range from 50 to 100 meters in length and accomplish a variety of tasks, including logistic support and transportation of goods, tools, equipment and personnel to and from offshore oil platforms...

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