Chinese officers in Danish shipping companies

Every year, thousands of officers are trained in China. Some of these are hired on Maersk ships operating under Hong Kong or Singapore flags. However, the shipping company does not hire the Chinese fast-track officers which are retrained graduates.

Photo: Thomas Borberg

The demand for Chinese ship officers has increased to a level which the maritime universities cannot supply. That is why the Chinese Government has decided to implement a special programme allowing graduates from non-maritime programmes to be accepted as naval cadets on e.g. Shanghai Maritime University. In just 12 months they will have acquired the additional training and following the necessary time at sea, they will be able to sign on as officers.

“Shanghai Maritime University is definitely an impressive site with a lot of different maritime training programmes gathered under one roof but this is not a place we find our Chinese officers. The idea of taking the fast track which is apparently taking place in certain places in China does not sound to me as the best idea ever. There is hardly any doubt that the people they accept may be brilliant and competent young people but the maritime trade and skills are not learned in 6, 12 or 18 months”, Maersk Line Head of HR, Henrik Sloth says in the magazine from Danish Maritime Officers.

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