What first made you want to work offshore?
Since I was little, I’ve always wanted to work at sea and seafaring is in my blood. When I was starting out, I didn’t know much about the different industries in the Merchant Navy, but coming offshore has taught me a lot and the work is so varied and interesting. You also get a chance to work with many different people who all bring something different to the vessel, so you can definitely learn something new everyday.
What does a typical day look like onboard?
Currently, we are alongside so a typical day consists of maintenance jobs and preparing equipment to start operating again.
Have you worked with other women offshore?
At the moment, I’m the only female onboard out of 40+ men. This isn’t something that phases me and I just take it in my stride.
I’ve worked with some women previously onboard my other vessels. One female officer on my first ship and several on my second ship. Seeing women in many different roles onboard – bridge officers, engineering officers and project engineers was very inspiring. I also had the chance to work with MSS’s first female Captain, Renata Engler when she was my Chief Officer and was on watch with both her and another female officer who has since been promoted to Chief Officer. This is something I’ll always remember and pushes me to work hard so I can also be just like them in the future.
What was it like seeing your first ship?
I was on the coach with the rest of the crew and as we pulled into the port I could just see this big blue and cream ship and I thought it was really impressive.
What are your future goals for the company?
My future goal is to be an officer here at Maersk Supply Service.
For the company, I think things can only keep getting better by continuing to build on what they have already created and by everyone working together I think the company can continue to be successful.
Any other comments?
I feel fortunate to have been able to experience all the things I have. I’ve learned more than I could have imagined, not just about working offshore but also about life in general. I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with some amazing people, some of whom I’m sure I’ll be friends with for life, so thank you to all of them for all their help and support.