We meet two women working in the marine industry and find out how their work supports offshore wind and oil and gas operations.
Lucia Firman turned her love for the water and the coast into a career she feels “incredibly passionate” about.
Service delivery coordinator at Associated British Ports (ABP) Lowestoft for the last six years, she has worked in the marine industry for 26 years, starting with HM Coastguard dealing with Maydays and 999 calls.
Her varied career has included helping to develop the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm operations room and being a crew manager for coastal services at Gardline. Her diverse experience has equipped her with so much knowledge she is sometimes nicknamed ‘Google’. “When somebody wants to know something, people say, ‘Lou will know’, it’s quite funny really.”
Lucia’s colleagues at ABP have nicknamed her ‘Google’ because of her extensive knowledge – Credit: Stephen Waller
Her career could have easily taken a different direction. “I applied for the prison service and the coastguard at the same time, I was lucky to get offered both jobs, and then I had to pick which one I wanted to go for and the coastguard sounded so amazing that I thought that is the route I am going to go down.”
After 16 years with HM Coastguard in Great Yarmouth, Lucia moved over to Statoil, now Equinor, where she helped develop the Sheringham Shoal windfarm operations room before moving to Gardline, and then ABP five years later where she worked as service delivery coordinator.
“I’ve been very lucky. I’ve been fortunate enough to leave a job, to get offered another, but I have instilled into my kids that nowadays you need qualifications.
“From the work I have done I’ve met a lot people. It’s all about experience, networking and speaking to people, and really that’s what my job at ABP involves.”
At ABP, Lucia works alongside some of the company’s biggest tenants with the operations and maintenance (O&M) bases in offshore wind and oil and gas.
“My role is so varied; I assist in the monitoring of customer service on the port with new and existing tenants and make sure services are being seamlessly delivered to clients.
“I also support our operations manager to collate information for events like the Southern North Sea conference at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich.
“I love how varied my job is. I get involved in so many different projects on the port. I can’t imagine doing anything else, I love working with boats, the water and the marine aspect of it.”
Through ABP, Lucia, 50, is involved in working with schools and young people for career and CV days to inspire the next generation.
“I am so passionate about the industry and ABP. Working with students to give them an idea of the different sort of jobs available is amazing.
“ABP is a one-stop shop. We have our own HR, communications, operations, commercial team and our marina. I can go into one of the sixth forms and when I ask the students what they are studying I can show them that we have a department that they could apply for.”
With the port receiving chartered status, Lucia says she feels the ‘energy’ at the port and wants to help in any way she can.
“I am really enjoying myself at ABP. I am loving the team, I am loving the dynamics and the way it is progressing. The vision is inspiring, and I think it’s a really exciting time.”
Sophie Wilson followed two generations of her family to work in the energy industry – Credit: Clarksons Port Services
Sophie Wilson has played a fundamental role in ensuring Clarksons Port Services is at the forefront of offshore wind support services, after being inspired by two generations of her family to chase a role in the energy industry . . . . .
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