Maritime Officers propose million dollar education fund

The responsibility of training the vast majority of the future Danish ship officers currently rests on a small number of shipping companies – and those companies are thus responsible for maintaining the supply chain of the nation’s maritime competencies. This is not fair, says the Danish Maritime Officers, which proposes the addition of a competence fund financed by the Danish maritime cluster.

Danish Maritime Officers proposes the establishment of a maritime competence fund with financial contributions from all the shipping companies, offshore businesses, ports, and authorities that might employ the maritime officers that are sailing with, as well as being trained practically by, primarily five shipping companies: A.P. Moeller-Maersk, Norden, DFDS, Torm, and Herning Shipping.

The proposal is that the competence fund would pay a monthly contribution to the salaries of Danish junior officers. The contribution means that the junior officers will be more internationally competitive when they finish their training and in the first years of their careers. This would also improve the shipping companies’ competitiveness, while maintaining the supply chain of Denmark’s maritime competencies.

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