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in a professional capacity, but that wasn?t for lack of trying. She explained, ?When I graduated in 1985, the only sailing jobs available were for AB positions. I did get a union card, but after two failed attempts at getting a third mate gig, I tried my hand at maritime consulting.? Ironically, what she does to- day has direct (and positive) impact on countless seafarers here and across the pond. Her work as Executive Director of the Chemical Carriers? Association was a perfect example. Doyle adds, ?At  rst, the job was strictly technical in nature ? attend- ing meetings at the Coast Guard on emerging vapor control regulations, OPA?90 requirements, and publishing a monthly newsletter. As I grew into the job, CCA gave me the room to strengthen the advocacy and outreach arms of the organization. By the time we merged with INTERTANKO in 2003 I had as- sumed the full-time role as its Executive Director, representing 80 percent of the chemical tanker tonnage worldwide.? Women on the Waterfront Doyle?s success speaks for itself, and her colleagues point to her accomplishments and not her gender. Still, the maritime industry ? like so many other aspects of its development ? tends to be late to the party when it comes for opportunities for women. We asked Doyle to look back and then give today?s young women the bene t of her considerable experience as they contemplate a career on the waterfront. Without hesita- tion, Doyle responded, ?That?s easy. It?s such a great industry and it has come a long way in 30 years. I would give this advice to any woman entering a male dominated  eld: be a great listener, know your stuff. Always try to be the most well- read person in the room, never take yourself too seriously, but never back down if you know you are right. Beyond this, treat everyone you meet as if they are an equal; because they are.? Apart from this, Doyle stressed the need for more women in key positions to actively seek out sways to mentor those com- ing along behind them. And, she says, WISTA ? the Women?s International Shipping & Trading Association ? where she is an active member today, is the perfect venue to that that done. As the industry evolves, so too has Doyle?s passion for help- ing to shape the changes that are occurring on a daily basis on the waterfront. For example, she speaks often of providing ?advocacy for LNG.? ?If the prognosticators are correct, in  ve years the U.S. will be the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Ships calling on U.S. ports and those doing business in the U.S. will have a real need for LNG as marine fuel,? she told MarPro, adding, ?The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has been established as an international organization to further this cause, but there is an incredible need to educate stakeholders in the U.S. (and Canada). As the infrastructure in areas such as Jacksonville, Tacoma and Seattle develop, we especially need an organization that will address the needs of local, state and federal players. USMRC is in discussions with a number of entities to make this a reality.? Separately, Doyle and USMRC are developing a range of courses focusing on LNG as a marine fuel at a  rst-of-its-kind LNG Bunkering PIC course. But, those efforts were devel- oped in anything but a stovepipe fashion. Instead, she insists, ?We made the decision to base our course on the Knowledge, Understanding and Pro ciency (KUP) elements approved at HTW -1. This will be adopted at IMO this November. Moving forward we will take any USCG Guidance into account as we head into 2015. In the end, you defer to the IMO because that eventually will be the basis of any STCW compliant course.? She continues, ?The fact that we have been able to work with Harvey Gulf and provide their people with LNG Bunkering Training has proved to be icing on the cake.? The experience of serving on both domestic and interna- tional NGO/regulatory bodies provides Doyle with additional experience and perspectives, all of which she brings back to her day job. And, as someone who interacts with professionals for myriad countries and  ag states, she also knows that there is much that the United states can learn from its contempo-raries across the pond ? and a few things they could learn from us, as well. To that end, she contends, ?The U.S. maritime industry is evolving into a much more of diverse sector with the offshore and brown water growth exponentially outpacing the deep water tonnage. I would say that, like the U.S.  eet, many of our partners across the ponds (Atlantic, Paci c, etc.) are mixing the  ags of their  eets. We could all do a better job of managing risk with an approach to training speci cally designed for each ship and company.? Looking Back and Planning Ahead At the end of the day, and like any successful professional, picking out the proudest moment of her career isn?t an easy task, but Doyle eventually told us, ?I would say that involves my work on 2007 MARPOL Annex II Amendments (both at IMO and with some great folks at the U.S. Coast Guard). I am also extremely proud of the work we are doing at USMRC on LNG Bunkering training. It is a close second, but this training is still evolving.? An hour of hearing about what Doyle has accomplished in the past ? and is doing now ? is fascinating stuff, but a look back to yesterday provides a better clue as to where she is going next. As we  nished up, Doyle re ected, ?My step grandfather was a Chief Engineer with Royal Dutch Shell, so I guess I could point to that. But the moment I walked on the Kings Point campus I knew it was what I wanted to do. The plan B, if I didn?t go to Kings Point, was to play soccer at Tufts and major in engineering. Today, I can?t imagine my life outside the shipping industry. It?s the people who make this industry so remarkable.? She?s right. And, she remains part of that remarkable equation. | Maritime Professional | 2318-33 Q4 MP2014.indd 2318-33 Q4 MP2014.indd 2311/17/2014 11:16:10 AM11/17/2014 11:16:10 AM

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