Author: Women Offshore

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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Second Assistant Engineer Alex Burgess-Chrost

Meet Alex Burgess-Chrost from Leominster, Massachusetts. A 4-year veteran of the water, Second Assistant Marine Engineer Alexandra Burgess-Chrost opens up to Women Offshore about conquering fears to pursue a passion. Alex attended the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and acquired her Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering.  More recently, she elevated her position of Third Assistant Engineer, by obtaining her Second Assistant Engineer License for Unlimited HP/Spearhead Class Vessels.  We caught up with her to check in on her life and career: Alex, could you please describe what your duties are in your current job? “As Second Assistant Marine Engineer on...

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Chief Officer Brigitte Hagen-Peter

Meet Brigitte Hagen-Peter from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Brigitte is a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a concentration in International Maritime Business.  Brigitte is certified as a Dynamic Positioning Operator and has worked on the water for over a decade. She also holds a USCG Chief Mate License for working on vessels of unlimited tonnage. Brigitte’s story is unique: not only is she an accomplished mariner, but she is also an entrepreneur as co-CEO of Aweigh-Fitness.  Women Offshore first introduced our readership to Aweigh-Fitness, a few weeks ago, in a prior blog...

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