Lieke de KorteUnit Head Logistics
During my Maritime Economics and Logistics studies, I started working for Allseas in 2014 as a Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE) Engineer. My knowledge of the offshore industry was limited to say the least, but with the idea “go big or go home”, a job interview with Allseas followed and I was hired. Upon graduation, I was offered a PhD position, but Allseas boldly suggested that if I stay, I could be the dedicated QHSE Engineer for Pioneering Spirit in Rotterdam. It is typical for Allseas to offer a very steep learning curve to young graduates and – obviously – I never left.
During my first 4 years with Allseas, I spent time on board all the vessels, learned the basics of the pipelay process – from enthusiastic crewmembers and my colleagues in the office – and the general set-up of the offshore industry. As part of the project team(s), you have major responsibilities at an early stage of your career, which results in a very challenging work environment and spending time in all corners of the world.
I realised the part I enjoyed most about my work was working with the crew on board. The mentality of seafarers is catching. Hence, I made the switch to Logistics Engineer and subsequently Unit Head Logistics and now work with the pipe haul fleet supporting the pipelay vessels. On some projects, we charter, outfit and co-ordinate more than 10 pipe supply vessels of mixed types and sizes, trying to optimise the supply of line pipe to the offshore pipelay location.
This translates to a job that provides you with the opportunity to see the world, meet new people, learn about different vessels, their on-board cultures and spend a lot of time in coveralls! How’s that for an alternative to a 9-5 desk job? Allseas is a dynamic company with challenges and opportunities for the taking, regardless of your experience. It’s the famous swimming pool cliché where they throw you in at the deep end: you stay afloat and it never bores.