Australia’s first Indigenous Master Mariner, Ryan Cobb, works for Woodside in Karratha on Ngarluma country, his grandmother’s country.

He started working in the pearling industry at the age of 18 on the small boats of Broome. Woodside gave him the opportunity to train on offshore vessels. As a Master Mariner he can now command any ship, of any size, in any ocean of the world.

Ryan also shares that the opportunity Woodside provides has meant he can mentor young Indigenous seafarers from the north. “I want to encourage young Indigenous people to get involved in the marine industry,” he explains. 

Ryan plans to become the first Indigenous Australian to pilot an LNG tanker. Woodside congratulates Ryan on this fantastic achievement. 

Ryan shares, “it’s been an adventure and most importantly it provides for my family at home.” 

Woodside acknowledges Indigenous people's connections to land, water and community. We pay our respects to ancestors and elders - past, present and emerging. We recognise the many contributions Indigenous people make to our business, as community members and employees.