Author: Women Offshore

Marine Engineer Joanne Rydzewski

Joanne Rydzewski is from Floral Park, NY and currently works as a Third Assistant Marine Engineer for a major drilling contractor. She graduated from State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime, and holds a Second Assistant Engineer’s License for working on steam and motor vessels of unlimited tonnage. We sat down with Joanne to discuss her successful career, powering large vessels, over the past 7 years: Joanne, what inspired you to work offshore? “My mom worked at Navy Federal Credit Union located at the Merchant Marine Academy (MMA) for over fifteen years. When I was looking at colleges, a maritime college was the furthest...

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Safety Advisor Elyse Knudsen

Meet Elyse Knudsen from Missoula, Montana. Elyse has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and works as a Safety Advisor in the oilfields of Angola, Africa. Before Elyse pursued a career offshore, she was a skater for Disney On Ice. WomenOffshore connected with Elyse to find out more about her drastic career change: Elyse, what inspired you to work on the water? “The water called and I answered! This was an old cruise ship ad campaign but it defines my career on the water quite swimmingly. In 2007, while skating for Disney On Ice, my skating partner and I got a call to...

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Senior DPO Jessica Ryals

Meet Jessica Ryals from Argyle, Texas. Jessica graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a B.S. in Maritime Operations and Technology and holds a Chief Mate Unlimited Tonnage License. She currently works as a Senior Dynamic Positioning Operator and is a contributor to WomenOffshore as our Fitness Guru. Jessica’s inspiring career spans 9 years and we interviewed her to find out more: Jessica, what inspired you to work on the water? “I originally came to Kings Point to pursue a career in aviation, like my Dad who was a commercial airline pilot. After cadet shipping, I knew that I wanted to...

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DP Operator Cassandra Johnston

Meet Cassandra Johnston from Scotia, NY​. Cassandra has a B.S. in Marine Transportation from SUNY Maritime and a M.S. in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. She currently works as a Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) and holds a U.S. Coast Guard Second Mate Unlimited Tonnage License, DP Unlimited Certificate, and a Mate (Pilot) License of Towing Vessels Upon Great Lakes, Inland waters & Western Rivers. Cassandra has 8 years of experience working in maritime and offshore operations. We reached out to her to learn more about her successful career: Cassandra, what inspired you to work on the water? “I was in...

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New Book: Breaking the GAS Ceiling

We have exciting news! A brand new book titled, Breaking the GAS Ceiling: Women in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry is due out soon! Breaking the GAS Ceiling: Women in the Offshore Oil & Gas industry is the result of author Rebecca Ponton’s desire to record and preserve a missing piece of the history of the offshore oil and gas industry, which is the role of women’s contributions to the sector. In the book, which has been said to read like a collection of short stories, Rebecca has written “condensed biographies” of 25 women of various nationalities, ages,...

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