I can't quite believe The Offshore Blondie has been LIVE for just over a year now. It has most certainly been a year of highs and lows, not only for myself, but the offshore industry. It is crazy how dramatically things have changed in the space of a year and how time seems to have just run away with itself. The blog has continued to grow throughout 2015 despite these difficult times and it is fantastic to receive positive feedback and support from a variety of individuals from all over the world.
Unfortunately I haven't been offshore as frequently as I would of liked to this year, but the jobs I have been part of have been in some pretty incredible locations. In June 2014 I joined one of the global leader in offshore marine geotechnical investigation, survey, analysis and design - Benthic. The Offshore Blondie was born after a trip to meet a few of my new colleagues at the Benthic Singapore office. Benthic are a fantastic company to work for with a great crew, concept and core values. The Benthic team were so supportive and pleased that they now had a female engineer as part of their team, this sparked the idea for the blog. It is a male dominant industry but females are welcomed with open arms. I was now on a mission to raise awareness to get females thinking about a career offshore.
My time in Singapore was just fantastic, it really is a perk of the job when you have to fly to another continent to pop into the office. This was my first time in Asia and what an interesting and vibrant place Singapore was. Fortunately during my time in Singapore it wasn't all work, so I managed to venture out and see what this great city had to offer. During my time in Singapore I was asked to participate in my TV debut as part of the TV segment 'Tools and Technology Solutions Impacting Industry Success'.
My first trip offshore as part of the Benthic team was on a Chevron project in Kitimat, Canada. What an incredible experience this was. We mobilized the vessel in Seattle, the weather was incredible, the city was experiencing a heat wave. There was a delay regarding our visas to work in Canada resulting in an extra week in sunny Seattle. None of us were complaining we had an awesome time, paddle boarding, hiking and exploring. The visa's finally arrived and it was time for us to fly to Canada to meet the vessel. Without a doubt this was he most beautiful place I am fortunate enough to have worked in. Everyday the sun would rise and the fresh green landscape of Clio bay would be unveiled once again. This was a very sensitive jobs for the local community and environment and I am so grateful to have been part of it.
During my time in Canada I received an email from a representative on Montash inquiring about my support towards the #notjustforboys government campaign. They had seen the blog and it was such a privileged to be asked. This was the first press release I had been involved with since creating the blog, it was fantastic to see that the blog was actually reaching out and people were enjoying its content. Off the back of this article multiple other PR inquiries followed from the like of Rigzone, Offshore Energy Today and the Prospector Magazine.
Early 2015 after a meeting with Rob Sinclair from New World Media, my collaboration with The Prospector magazine began, The Offshore Blondie column was created. It is fantastic to be working with a such a modern, innovative and current magazine. It is great exposure and a whole new wider audience of readers are viewing the blog. The column summaries the blog posts you read on this website during that seasonal quarter, hopefully enticing The Prospector readers to check out the website and read the full post. My mission is to raise awareness of my role as a young female within the offshore industry and the magazine has helped made this possible.
The start of this year I was part of an Anadarko site investigation off the coast of Mozambique. This was most certainly a culture and climate change from that of the secluded Clio Bay in Canada. The African humidity was exceptional, fortunately enough I was on the night shift so i managed to avoid the searing midday sunlight. In terms of the scope of work this was one of the most interesting projects I have been part of. We used multiple sampling and testing techniques, including Geo-hazard sampling, CPT, SCPT, dissipation and rotary coring.
Unfortunately during this stint the full force of the industry downturn was starting to come into play. The moral was down at times despite great efforts from Benthic members and the crew to lift spirits. It was and to this day still is a worrying time. Many of the guys had families that they needed to support and the dismal outlook of future work was frightening. Alternative means of employment outside of the industry were discussed and pursued and it is a shame to see such valuable skilled members of the team leaving the sector.
Although the latter half of 2015 hasn't been very positive in terms of offshore potential, I have remained positive and am looking to the future. The offshore industry is resilient; this is not the first downturn it has had to overcome. Surprisingly the highlight of the Offshore Blondie's first year of action occurred during this negative time. In September I was asked to attend the Offshore Energy 2015 in Amsterdam as the Guest of Honour. I participated within an interview during the opening ceremony of the event and was lucky enough to officially open the event with Coert van Zijill Langhout, the Managing Director of Navingo. It was a great couple of days and I meet a variety of interesting people from many areas of the offshore energy sector. What an incredible experience this was and it was fatalistic to receive praise from industry professionals about the blog. I was even asked for 'selfies' now that was most certainly a first.
The Offshore Blondie blog has had a successful year and the blog really has hit the floor running. My experience at the OEEC 2015 majorly highlighted that the blog is worthwhile and this is reaching out and gaining the attention of so many industry professionals. The mission to get more young especially female professionals thinking about the offshore sector will definitely be continuing into the foreseeable future. This may not have been the most positive of years in terms of my personal career progression in terms of days offshore, but that is not to say that it hasn't been rewarding. My passion and interest in the sector has grown and I would like to thank all of the Offshore Blondie readers and followers for their support and praise during the past year.
Happy 1st Birthday to the Offshore Blondie!