Master Mariner

A commander in high demand among employers.

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Primary job tasks

As a master mariner you are in charge of all aspects of cargo or passenger ship operations. You are one of the commanders of the ship and are in charge of on-board safety. You also plan voyages and navigate the ship. When the ship enters harbour, you are in charge of communication with the authorities, and you oversee the unloading and loading of the ship.

Your motivations and qualifications

  • You hold a Danish upper secondary education or vocational training with supplementary courses or experience from a maritime job
  • A training agreement with a shipping company
  • Interest in ship navigation and planning
  • Talent for communications, management and teamwork

The programme

The training takes 3 years and 9 months and takes place at Svendborg International Maritime Academy, SIMAC, in Svendborg or the nautical training institute, Marstal Navigationsskole, on the island of Ærø.

You will be trained in: Navigation, management, radio communication, maritime English, ship administration, etc.

During your training, you will divide your time between school and internships at sea. Danish students will receive The Danish students’ Grants and Loans Scheme(SU), and during your internships at sea you will receive a salary.

Career opportunities

As a master mariner you will find good job opportunities. You can sail the world on cargo ships or stay in Denmark sailing ferries. When you sail internationally you will be working for e.g. two months followed by two months off with full salary. You can also choose to work on shore in the industry, at a shipping office, or you can further your education by doing a MBA in Shipping and Logistics at Copenhagen Business School.

4 good reasons for choosing this career path:

  • No two days are alike, and you will have lots of exciting challenges.
  • You will earn a good salary (and tax deductions, if you work at sea).
  • You can choose to sail around the world and get lots of travel experiences.
  • At sea you will be working for e.g. two months, and then you have two months off with pay.

Title Master Mariner

Type Professional bachelor

Duration 3 years 9 months

Entry requirements Danish upper secondary education or vocational training with supplementary courses or experience from a maritime job

Economy SU and training salary

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