From Sea to Shore #WomenofOSM

Meet Vivian, one of the first employees that joined OSM in Brazil and learn how she grew her career with OSM.

Vivian graduated as Deck Officer at the Merchant Marine Officers School in Rio de Janeiro back in 2006. During her maritime professional training she encountered unusual challenges such as participating in a six-month dry dock period in Saudi Arabia and escaping pirate attacks near the coast of Somalia.

“When I finally got my Certificate of Competence, it was a great joy because that document represented all my efforts during the years of study and learning,” Vivian says.

Proud and exhilarated after achieving the certification she had worked hard to get, Vivian signed on as a Deck Officer for Maersk. She stayed under 35 x 35 days rotation scale for two years, embarking Oil Recovery and AHTS vessels. Vivian then came to realize that something was missing in her professional life.

“I felt I needed more – I wanted to be part of the entire process that involves managing people in a shipping company. So, I gave up my stable job and took a chance on starting a new career ashore. OSM gave me an opportunity in its startup phase in Brazil. I was one of the first employees at OSM Brazil and was responsible for recruiting, hiring and planning crew members on the vessels Dan Swift and Deep Sea.”

Motivated by the opportunity to solidify her knowledge and experience from the industry, Vivian has worked for different maritime companies since she decided to disembark from her seafarer career. Now, seven years after she signed her first contract with OSM, Vivian returns to our “family” with the responsibility of coordinating crew for the first FPSO where OSM manages part of its crew for Equinor in Brazil.

“We have had many challenges since the implementation of the project began, but with effort, commitment and dedication we continue our journey towards becoming the main reference company in Brazil for offshore crew management in the Oil and Gas industry.”