The most important thing in shipping is safety, it is the
number one priority in the company, and you will quickly learn to
prioritize safety above everything else.
Trainee in Nordic Tankers
In Nordic Tankers we hire trainees to contribute to the
company, and only your own initiative will set the limit for your
involvement. The more tasks you learn, the more responsibility you
will be given.
In the company we have a very flat organization which means that
even as a trainee you will be taken serious if you bring something
you think is relevant to your superior, whatever that may be.
At some point you will get to do several tasks solo, however
always with your trainer sitting at the table next to you. We have
a very open learning environment where there are no stupid
questions and where you will learn all you need to know about
Rotation in different departments
A normal rotation will include 6 months in both
operations and chartering. Then you will join the technical
department for 3 months and afterwards 3 months with accounting.
The last 6 months as a Shipping Trainee, you will join operations
or chartering, most likely the department where you will be able to
specialize your skills for a future position.
After the trainee period and school is finished, your title will
be either Junior Operations Manager or Junior Chartering Manager
and join the rest of the existing team in their daily work.
Nordic Tankers has offices both in the US and in France. After
the end of your traineeship you have a good possibility to sit in
one of the foreign offices for a period of time.
When you start as a trainee, Nordic Tankers will enroll
you on HD 1 at CBS, which is a short economical education. HD 1
lasts 2 years like your traineeship, and you will attend 2 days a
week from 17-21 in the afternoon.
Nordic Tankers has also joined the new shipping education
Academy programme. This is a highly ambitious education which main
maritime economics and maritime law. Here you will also meet many
as there are trainees attending from all over the world. The
school has online classes every other week, and gatherings 3 x 1
week during the period.
During your trainee period you should also expect some
travelling. All Nordic Tankers trainees will during their stay in
operations have the option to go sailing on one of our vessels.
This will give a better overview of what is going on in the ports
and of course of the vessels you are going to operate.
In the technical department you will also join the
superintendents during inspections. Other kinds of different
arrangements may also require some travelling.
Social life in the shipping business is very important.
Football cups, dinners, x mas and summer parties, Friday bar, other
activities with people both inside and outside the company will
help you build a strong network.
In Nordic Tankers we are all guided by our values, which
are Safety, Team-spirit, Integrity and Can-do. It is important that
you can see yourself in these values. These four values bind
us together as a company and illustrate what we can expect of each
other in the daily work.
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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 the 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
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.
Being part of the technical department you will get to see a lot
of different groups with different responsibilities:
Marine HR: The goal is to attract, recruit and retain
well-educated and competent seafarers in all positions. Marine HR
is constantly developing strategies to enhance the organisational
development, competence development of seafarers, retention
management and the general welfare on board. Nordic Tankers Marine
wants to be an attractive long-term employer committed to personal
development of the individual. Nordic Tankers Marine wants to
encourage promotion of highest safety and performance
SQE & Vetting: They are in charge of handling safety,
quality and health issues including maintenance of the Company
Safety Management System (SMS). Marine QA handles all vetting
processes and thereby assists the entire organization in performing
all operations in accordance with applicable regulations of the
tanker industry. Marine QA is focusing on having the best and
safest practices in the shipping industry, but is also bound to
develop next practices.
Corporate Compliance: They need to ensure full compliance with
environmental rules and regulations and setting standards on
improved environmental performance.
Vessel Groups & Purchase: Two vessel groups that are
providing technical support/fleet management to the entire fleet
within daily technical operation, overall vessel maintenance,
inspections, dry dock planning and execution. The purchase
department, in close cooperation with the vessel groups, buys and
delivers genuine spares at the best price possible. Focus is on
providing the best possible professional support with the vessel in
center without compromising safety.
Marine Project Group: They are providing second level technical
project support to vessel groups and support regarding new
buildings, rules and regulations, saving initiatives,
suppliers etc. to NTM management and Nordic Tankers A/S.
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