Trainee at Nordic Tankers

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Safety is our top priority. We priorities safety of our employees, customers, others involved in our operation, environment and property. This will be your first learning.

When we hire trainees, we aim to attract the best talents for the future commercial roles in our company.

As a trainee, you set your own course of development. By being proactive and showing that you are eager to learn, you will be given responsibilities and great opportunities to develop your skills within shipping.

We are a modern international organisation and you will find highly qualified colleagues and managers very approachable and eager to share their knowledge. You will be teamed up with a mentor and with their support soon find yourself working independently with assigned tasks and responsibilities.

To ensure that solid shipowner knowledge is acquired during your traineeship you rotate between different departments. During your two years, you spend time in chartering, operations and technical departments. You will also spend time sailing on board one of our vessels to learn more about our processes, safety and life onboard.

During your trainee period, you will attend the commercial shipping program at the Danish Shipping Academy as well as a two-year HD program at the Copenhagen Business School.

For further information, please contact Kristine Baagø, HR Business Partner, People, Communication and Culture.

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Operations department

Being a part of the operation department means that you as a person need to be structured, self-supporting, and independent. During your traineeship as an operator, you will achieve great knowledge within the general shipping business, and learn about terms and conditions and how to act correctly when agents, charterers or captains need assistance, which in the end will provide you with the necessary tools to be ready for your own operation.

After ending your two years as a trainee, you will get the responsibility for the operation of your "own vessels", which includes working as a contact person between the charterers and the vessel and having the responsibility for bringing all necessary information's to each party. 

Every day you will be in contact with all departments of your company, agents and charterers all around the world. As an operator, you will have to be ready to answer all questions concerning your vessels. Your daily tasks would most likely include:  

  • Preparation of vessel position updates for forwarding to charterers at a daily basis.
  • Preparation of lay time and off-hire statements on completion of each voyage.
  • Establishment of contact with charterers and owners with regards to vetting inspections required by various ports being called.
  • Supervision with agency appointments, arrangement of advance payments from charterers and final settlements thereafter on completion of each voyage.
  • Responsibility for ensuring that the vessel's voyage is performed as per charter party.
  • Responsible for ensuring optimal bunkering and quick turnaround in ports.
  • Follow-up on the vessel's operations / schedules and the implementation of company procedures in coordination with ship's agents, stowage planners, ship's command and other line's departments.

Chartering department

The chartering department is responsible for keeping the vessels employed, which means that you will be in charge of finding the right and best paying cargoes for our vessels. In order to do so, you always have to be well-prepared for the challenges to come. Basically, you have to think that you will be able to fix any vessel with the right cargo at the right rate. You have to be optimistic and hold a strong belief that your outlined goals will be achieved. At a first glance, it might sound straight forward, but it isn't always that easy.

There are a number of different areas you have to be familiar with when you work in shipping e.g. the size of the vessels, the number of tanks, the coating of the tanks, the last cargoes onboard the ships and the legal terms and individual rates. Furthermore, you have to be aware of the special conditions applicable to trade in summer or winter areas and the information relating to the vessels' max intake, their lengths and drafts and the various port facilities.

All this may seem quite confusing, but eventually you will adopt the special vocabulary of the shipping industry.

The most frequent business set-up: First, the Charterer distributes the cargo to a broker, who will be the contact person through the following negotiation and in the closing itself. All communication is handled through e-mails, phone calls and - less frequently - face-to-face with business partners. Eventually, the negotiation comes to an end. An agreement on cargo, terms and price is reached with the charterer. Finally, the agreement is closed, and in the business this is called "lifting subs". The voyage can begin.

Technical department

Being part of the technical department you will get to see a lot of different groups with different responsibilities:

  • Vessel Groups
    Provide fleet management through daily technical support and cooperation with our crew onboard. The technical superintendents are responsible for overall vessel maintenance, they conduct vessel inspections, dry dock planning and execution.
  • SQE, Safety Culture and Sequrity
    Manage all safety, quality, environmental, security and health matters. Ensures compliance with relevant international and national regulation and industry best practice through the maintenance and continuous development of the Company Safety Management System (SMS) and related manuals, procedures and plans.
  • Marine HR.
    Marine HR attract, recruit, develop and retain well educated and the most competent seafarers in all positions onboard our vessels. We engage in cadet programs in Denmark and the Philippines and our goal is to select and train seafarers who are committed and have the right mindset. Marine HR are constantly developing our procedures on how to man our vessels and how to prepare our seafarers for the increasingly demanding future by providing training and promoting from within our pool.
    We want to be recognized by our seafarers as an attractive long-term employer committed to personal development of the individual and we always promote of the highest standards of safety and performance. Marine HR coordinates with other departments to ensure that requirements on safe operation of our vessels are met and we work closely with our professional colleagues in Latvia and the Philippines as well as with our crewing agents from around the world.  
  • Vetting
    Work in close cooperation with our technical and commercial department. The team is in close dialogue with our customers commercial and technical departments with the intent of meeting their requirements and answer any questions regarding our operational activities.
    By arranging the necessary number of SIRE/CDI inspections, vetting ensures that our fleet remains eligible for business once nominated. Vetting meets with customer representatives on regular basis to ensure that we retain highest possible fleet eligibility and company rating.
  • Supply Management
    In close cooperation with vessel groups, Supply Management purchase and deliver high quality spares, consumables and provisions at the time needed, at the lowest cost and from a reliable source. Focus is on providing the best possible professional support to our fleet without ever compromising safety.
  • Marine Project
    Provide second level technical support regarding new buildings, vessel modifications, increased technical efficiency and technical solutions to become more environmental friendly and to ensure we comply with rules & regulations.

Corporate accounting department

In corporate accounting, all invoices - among other things - related to the vessel's technical operating costs are controlled, processed and booked. Also comparisons between actual costs and budgetted costs are prepared for the technical superintendents, so they can follow up on the vessels they are responsible for.

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