Young Exec­u­tives Pro­gram; Intern­ship; Trainee­ship; Vaca­tion Voy­ager Intern­ship & Career Oppor­tu­ni­ties at Sea and Onshore


Ham­burg Süd is one of the key car­ri­ers on the North-​South trade routes by ocean trans­porta­tion which com­bines an array of one-​source ser­vices to cre­ate the logis­tics chain. It is part of the Oetker Group, a family-​owned Ger­man con­glom­er­ate. In con­tainer ship­ping it is rep­re­sented by two brands: Ham­burg Süd as a Ger­man car­rier and Aliança as a Brazil­ian ship­ping com­pany oper­at­ing ves­sels under the Brazil­ian flag. In addi­tion, it is a pres­ence on the world’s oceans in bulk and prod­uct tanker ship­ping under the names Rudolf A. Oetker (RAO) and Aliança Bulk (Aliabulk).

Another group Com­pany is Colum­bus Ship­man­age­ment GmbH (CSG), whose com­plex area of respon­si­bil­ity ranges from tech­ni­cal man­age­ment and crew­ing to mate­ri­als han­dling. All pre– and post-​shipment ser­vices, includ­ing the nec­es­sary cus­toms pro­cess­ing, are offered by Colum­bus Logis­tics Ser­vices GmbH. Com­plet­ing the ship­ping group’s ser­vice spec­trum is the Ham­burg Süd Travel Agency, which, in over three decades, has devel­oped into a spe­cial­ized ser­vice provider for busi­ness travel, cruises, events and much more.

With over 4,000 employ­ees and more than 300 offices, the Ham­burg Süd Group has a global pres­ence – afloat and ashore. Cor­re­spond­ingly broad is the range of voca­tional fields the ship­ping group has to offer. Any­one wish­ing, for exam­ple, to get a taste of the big wide world on Ham­burg Süd’s ships, can do so in a nav­i­ga­tional, engi­neer­ing or elec­tronic work envi­ron­ment accord­ing to their indi­vid­ual inter­ests. Also Colum­bus Ship­man­age­ment GmbH (CSG) offers its staff attrac­tive fields of employ­ment and a vari­ety of career oppor­tu­ni­ties at sea.

HAMBURG SÜD Career Opportunities

Uni­ver­sity Graduates

  • Young Exec­u­tives Pro­gram: To secure Ham­burg Süd a man­age­ment team that is well pre­pared for future chal­lenges, both tech­ni­cally and in man­age­ment issues, the group has devel­oped the pro­gram for young exec­u­tives (the FNK pro­gram). The three-​year scheme helps iden­tify poten­tial lead­ers at an early stage and groom them to a point where they are able to fill vacant man­age­r­ial posi­tions. FNK pro­gram is aimed at uni­ver­sity and advanced tech­ni­cal col­lege grad­u­ates who are already employed with the com­pany and have suc­cess­fully com­pleted their six-​month pro­ba­tion­ary period, as well as at ship­ping and infor­mat­ics spe­cial­ists who have worked for the com­pany for at least two years.

Careers at Sea

  • Com­mer­cial Ship­ping Pro­fes­sion­als: Any­one decid­ing to sign up as an offi­cer with CSG can expect not only respon­si­ble work with the best pro­fes­sional per­spec­tives, but also an employer who attaches the great­est value to a long-​term, trust­ing rela­tion­ship in an attrac­tive work­ing environment.
  • Grad­u­ates of Uni­ver­si­ties of Applied Sci­ences: The ship­ping group makes its com­mit­ment with a broad pack­age of mea­sures for young tech­ni­cal and nav­i­ga­tional recruits. These include a schol­ar­ship that pro­vides ambi­tious stu­dents with sub­stan­tial finan­cial sup­port if they under­take to sail for Ham­burg Süd for two years after grad­u­a­tion. Along­side finan­cial sup­port, CSG relies on per­sonal men­tor­ing of future offi­cers dur­ing their stud­ies. Stu­dents who have com­pleted their train­ing at Ham­burg Süd can travel on Ham­burg Süd ves­sels dur­ing their school semes­ter breaks to deepen their the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge through hands-​on experience.
  • Trainees & School Stu­dents: Train­ing as a ship mechanic is the only offi­cially rec­og­nized voca­tional train­ing pos­si­ble in the ship­ping indus­try in Ger­many. In three years – which can be short­ened to two and a half years – it leads to the craft cer­tifi­cate. CSG offers this train­ing to appli­cants who pos­sess the fol­low­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions: Tech­ni­cal apti­tude; A uni­ver­sity or advanced tech­ni­cal col­lege entrance qual­i­fi­ca­tion; Good to sat­is­fac­tory grades in math­e­mat­ics and physics; The abil­ity and readi­ness to com­mu­ni­cate in Eng­lish; and, A med­ical fit­ness cer­tifi­cate for the deck and engine departments.
  • Vaca­tion Voy­ager Intern­ship: CSG’s Vaca­tion Voy­ager Intern­ship reg­u­larly gives young would-​be mariners a first oppor­tu­nity to sam­ple life at sea. Over a period of four weeks under expert guid­ance, school stu­dents can expe­ri­ence for them­selves first-​hand what the day-​to-​day rou­tine on board a ship is like – from scrub­bing the deck and per­form­ing leak­age tests in the engine room to check­ing tem­per­a­tures in reefer con­tain­ers and even help­ing the cap­tain steer the ves­sel on the bridge. Shore leave in South Amer­ica, South Africa or the Far East rounds out an intern­ship which pro­vides the par­tic­i­pants with a sound basis on which to decide whether mer­chant ship­ping is the right thing for them.

Interns & Trainees

  • Intern­ships: Dur­ing their three– to six-​month intern­ship, stu­dents can come to know and appre­ci­ate the ship­ping group as an attrac­tive employer, while Ham­burg Süd for its part can quickly iden­tify what poten­tial lies in those inter­ested. Ham­burg Süd offers intern­ships for econ­o­mists, logis­ti­cians and com­puter sci­en­tists, among oth­ers. The intern­ships can lead to employ­ment in the group. Intern­ships attract appro­pri­ate remu­ner­a­tion and you also receive an allowance for meals in the com­pany restaurant.
  • Trainee­ship: Match­ing its wide-​ranging ser­vice port­fo­lio, Ham­burg Süd offers a large num­ber of inter­est­ing train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties that take account of very var­ied areas of focus such as Ship­ping and Char­ter­ing Man­ager and Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer. Above and beyond this, trainees are offered the pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ther qual­i­fi­ca­tion at the aca­d­e­mic level as Bach­e­lor of Ship­ping, Trade and Trans­port (BSc) within the frame­work of a work-​study scheme.
  • BSc in Ship­ping, Trade and Trans­port: The offer is aimed at trainees with uni­ver­sity or advanced tech­ni­cal col­lege entrance qual­i­fi­ca­tions who wish to remain in the com­pany and have per­formed very well both in the the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal train­ing. Last­ing 12 months and held in Eng­lish, this course is con­ducted by the Ham­burg School of Ship­ping and Trans­porta­tion (HST) in asso­ci­a­tion with the Lon­don Met­ro­pol­i­tan Uni­ver­sity (LMU).

Expe­ri­enced Professionals

For expe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als, career starters, qual­i­fied lat­eral entrants, skilled and man­age­r­ial per­son­nel, as well as work­ing stu­dents, Ham­burg Süd offers posi­tions, for exam­ple, in the fol­low­ing fields or with the fol­low­ing qualifications:

  • Ship­ping Specialist
  • For­ward­ing Specialist
  • Assis­tant Super­in­ten­dent /​Super­in­ten­dent
  • Marine Trans­port and Port Management
  • Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion /​Eco­nom­ics
  • Busi­ness Analyst
  • Appli­ca­tions Developer
  • Require­ments Engineering
  • Sys­tems Administrator
  • Data­base Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • Accoun­tant
  • Con­troller
  • Trade Coor­di­na­tor
  • Events Spe­cial­ist
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