How a Female Engineer Dredges the Deep Seabed


Half the year, she lives and works on a 100-meter offshore vessel tracking underwater bombs, creating nautical charts, and building islands. When the work ends and all the men onboard go home to dry land, she moves to her floating home—a 12.5-meter sailboat—on which she and her husband sail the world. Last year, Emeline Veit spent only 10 days on dry land. She wouldn’t have it any other way. 

By Michelle Segrest - Reporting for World Pumps Magazine

The 26-year old engineer/hydrographic surveyor grew up in the south of France, in Sumene, a small village north of Montpellier. She spent her summers in Brittany with her parents and younger brother and knew she wanted live and work near the sea. “I always I wanted to do something with the ocean,” she said. “I chose an engineering school in Brest because all the engineering specialties they were offering were linked to the ocean.”

Sometimes Veit is the only woman on board her office—a 35-crew offshore vessel. Her role is significant. While in the North Sea, it is her job to find unexploded ordinance (UXOs), which are explosive weapons like bombs, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, cluster munition, etc., that did not explode when they were employed and still pose a risk of detonation, sometimes many decades after they were used or discarded. To read the full story, follow this link.