Q&A: Three Women Detail Life Working Offshore

Q&A: Three Women Detail Life Working Offshore
The launch of a new website serves as platform for women who work offshore in which they can share their experiences and gain support from one another.

Rigzone: Why do you love what you do?

Cedeno: I love the challenges of the environment I work in, the camaraderie of a bonded crew and the precision of a DP system that allows an 800-foot ship to stay within one meter of a set point. Standing a bridge watch may seem boring to some, but to me, monitoring the DP system while drinking a cup of coffee and watching the sunrise in the early morning is the start of a perfect day.

Ryals: The challenge of it all – from being a woman working in a man’s world to achieving a high level USCG license, to the thrill of navigating an 800-foot long drillship in and out of a field, there’s a challenge every day – and I rise to it.

D’Eramo: I love working with an international workforce. Meeting people from all over the world is a true privilege, however living and working with those individuals provides a priceless opportunity for connection and a broadening of perspective. I also love working in a dynamic environment with challenges that keep me on my toes and require innovative problem-solving, whether technical, logistical or organizational.


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carlisle Roach | Sep. 18, 2017
The US is way behind in women offshore ; Norway had Engineers , Deckhands , Roughnecks . Crane operators, Medics , Radio operators on offshore rigs back in the early nineties; it was a shock to my system when I went offshore Norway back then.

Roxana Arriaza | Sep. 16, 2017
With all do Respect!!! Women has been offshore since I do recall: 20+years back?, Originally and most of the cases, We started offshore Catering ,Yes... ..Catering cleaning and cooking for most of oil and gas workforce, still this Days working there in mosts of the case Scenario, trying to learn different skills on Deck, for example. Just started recently a few years back as a College Maritime Degree Women integrated Force and such , So.. ,please.. lets not forget that you are not on the roll of 100% Men environment because, a diploma said so , you are there because without searching any recognition you give that Men environment and support 100% ! Wether is for money.., wether is for life.., or wether is for 100% Hunger for knowledge without a Diploma!!! just to offer your willing to learn if anybody out there is willing to teach you!! And trust me there is .That is to me: the Real American Workforce behind scene.

Sherman Louis | Sep. 14, 2017
A good article with a profound insight.Perseverance & Dedication coupled with an interest in the chosen profession,maketh a person. #cheers #swtc

Melissa D. Herring | Sep. 13, 2017
I enjoyed this article about these three women very much. Kudos to not only their success, but also to their enjoyment of their chosen professions. Melissa D. Herring, Senior Vice President, Lee C. Moore, A Woolslayer Company


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