Leanne Ivany Fudge

Technical Assistant

Canship Ugland Ltd.
St. John's, NL

Why did Leanne choose this career area?

Leanne pretty much stumbled upon this career choice. Her dad restored wooden boats, she spent lots of time boating with her family in Ontario, and she always had an interest in sailing. Despite this, she didn’t consider a career on the water.

Leanne did well in school and chose science and math courses so that no door would be closed. When she got a scholarship for nursing, she realized that wasn’t what she wanted to study. With family support, Leanne researched careers related to boating. She found the right program in NL and packed her bags.

What’s Leanne’s educational background?

Leanne enrolled in the Marine Institute’s Nautical Science program. She was not sure that she had done the right thing until her first work term.

However, once she went to sea, she knew she had chosen wisely. She enjoyed sailing and its many responsibilities and challenges. The work and the travel suited her well, and she was successful in her studies.

Since graduating, Leanne has done Transport Canada exams in order to get higher tickets, and she is working part time on her degree in Maritime Studies. Her education and credentials are important to her personally and professionally.

What’s Leanne’s job all about?

Leanne works as a Technical Assistant at the Canship office in St. John’s, but she didn’t get this job right after graduating. In her first job, she worked as a ship’s officer on a ferry sailing NL’s south coast. She then took a job with Canship as third officer and went home to live in ON. Although her travel to join the vessel in NL was all paid, she moved back to St. John’s after a time. She has stayed with Canship ever since and worked up to second mate.

Leanne loved learning the workings of the ship. She maintained all fire and safety gear, helped make chart corrections, and maintained vessel publications. During her watch, she ensured safe navigation; and during cargo movements, she kept the vessel in the position required for stability. She was amazed by the way the ship loaded a cargo of oil from an offshore platform and distributed that oil evenly among her tanks.

The work was technically challenging and always offered new learning. Leanne brings all her at-sea work experience to her new job on shore.

What are Leanne’s working conditions like?

When on the ship, Leanne worked five-week rotations. She had her own cabin and washroom with shower, as well as full access to the ship’s sauna, gym, and lounge.

She currently works in a modern St. John’s office. It’s a very attractive and professional environment.

What benefits are associated with Leanne’s job?

Leanne’s initial salary as a third mate was in $70,000 - $75,000 range. The money increased along with her experience and credentials.

Leanne had to take a small pay cut for her new job as Technical Assistant, but it’s worth it. Her husband works offshore, so they want more home life and time together. They have decided to start a family, so the timing was perfect for her to switch jobs and work on shore.

What’s exciting or cool about Leanne’s career area?

For ships’ officers, the higher the ticket, the better the job. The goal for most Nautical Science graduates is to become master mariners in order to sail as masters onboard any type of vessel.

For Leanne, it’s cool that she can choose her job from among lots of nautical science career alternatives. She enjoyed her time on the water, and she had no limitations as a female in the profession. She feels lucky to have a career that lets her switch roles now that family life is her priority.

What advice would Leanne give to people considering a marine transportation career?

This is a fantastic career with limitless opportunities for people who are willing to learn and able to deal with new challenges. As well, good attitudes are important for sea-goers. They need to respect their fellow crewmates and to take full responsibility for their actions.