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Shipping Trainees of NORDEN’S intensive two-year programme can expect to be thoroughly introduced to the world of international shipping. The training incorporates both practical and theoretical aspects, working with both local and international colleagues at the office.

Shipping trainees immediately become a performing member of the team when they join, gaining hands-on experience typically through two full time positions of 12 months. The two-year period will allow them to gradually develop knowledge of NORDEN’s two primary businesses, gaining commercial hands-on experience with a Chartering Team and the ability to execute voyages with an Operations or Control Team.

Shipping Theory

Shipping Trainees with NORDEN will join the theoretical training of the Commercial Shipping Programme with the Danish Shipping Academy with Shipping Trainees from NORDEN and other shipping companies globally. The Commercial Shipping Programme consists of 3 modules held in Denmark (duration 1-2 weeks) as well as e-learning courses and training in e.g. maritime economics and maritime law.

A Worldwide Career

As a global shipping company, NORDEN stays close to its customers and business partners and their world and business challenges. The company deals with people from all over the world – by phone or through personal contact. Their ships visit ports at all continents and sail all seas, and their chartering and operations offices are in constant dialogue with customers, business partners and authorities in almost every country in the world. They offer career opportunities to employees of different nationalities and backgrounds.

Shipping Trainees will have to travel to Denmark for module training. There will possibly be other business trips, port visits or short journeys at sea on board one of NORDEN's vessels.

Depending on business cases, some trainees may have the chance to be stationed abroad after the completion of the programme. All their offices have a mix of local and stationed employees.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with majors in business or shipping
  • B Level mathematics
  • Excellent English skills
  • Extra-curricular experience from work or living abroad.


The application period typically opens from December to January.

Applications for 2019 are open now till 31 January.


Interested applicants can send in their applications to NORDEN via this link.


The Shipping Trainee Programme aims to develop world-class Charterers and Operators to ensure the future success of NORDEN.

Charterer (Chartering Manager)

As a Charterer, you find cargoes for the vessels and negotiate the freight rate. The market competition is fierce, and you need commercial flair as well as strong networking skills to succeed.

Good business sense and strong negotiation skills are essential to the chartering role. You are in direct contact with the customers, and you will seal the deals. You constantly strive to keep abreast of how supply and demand of raw materials such as iron ore, coal, sugar and gasoline change – and how this influences the freight market. You analyse market reports and news which enable you to make the right decisions – also under time pressure.

Operator (Operations Manager)

When the deal is fixed, the Operator takes over and oversees the more specific terms and conditions of the vessel’s voyage. As an Operator you are organised, solution-oriented and service-minded. You are in close dialogue with captains, ports and authorities and you handle documents about the voyage.

You are very knowledgeable about contracts, vessels, bunker consumption, ports and geographical conditions to optimise the voyage and meet the customers’ requirements.

Competencies and Profile

The Charterer and Operator work closely together, but their primary competencies and profiles are quite different. The Charterer must have a keen nose for business and act as the sales person, whereas the Operator must have a good sense of perspective and strong organisational skills.

During the Shipping Trainee Programme, you will gain basic knowledge within both areas – and after completion of the programme you will, along with NORDEN find the right position for you. For both job types, your everyday life is playing in an international context, often English speaking and at high pace.

Global Opportunities

After completion of the two-year programme, graduates are typically offered a position within chartering or operations in Singapore. NORDEN considers international experience an important part of our talent development therefore we offer both short and long term work exchanges at one of NORDEN’s other offices in Denmark, India, China, Brazil. USA, Australia or Chile.


You may visit the Company website to find out more about NORDEN.


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