The work of a security officer

With their calm and assertive manner, security officers hold natural sway over others. What’s more, practically nothing escapes their notice. They are all eyes and ears. Michel van Gennep (33) is such a person. ‘That’s why I decided to become a security officer’, he smiles. ‘The work is very varied and I really feel I can utilise my talents and work on my personal development.’

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Trainees at Royal Burger Group

Royal Burger Group is an international company that specializes in maritime and logistic services. In total some 450 people work within the group, divided amongst the four business units Liner Agencies, Port Agencies, Logistic Services and Ferry Agencies. In 2008 Royal Burger Group started offering Management Traineeships to young potentials having studied college or university and who already have some experience in the maritime or logistics branch. The idea is to allocate one trainee per business unit and to train these people in a staff function called Marketing & Development.…

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Damen ‘Down Under’

Maritime ties between the Netherlands and Australia date back to 1606, When Willem Jansz, Captain of the exploration ship Duyfken, made landfall by chance, mistakenly thinking he was reconnoitering the coast of New Guinea. Jansz was the first European to set foot on Australia’s east coast. But his reception in the Gulf of Carpentaria was less friendly because the navites – Aboriginals, as it later transpired, were less then keen on an encounter with strangers. From 1650 to 1817 the whole continent went under the name of New Holland.

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“Geen reden om werving op lager pitje te zetten”

Tineke Netelenbos, voorzitter van de Koninklijke Vereniging van Nederlandse Reders, vindt de zeescheepvaart een boeiende branche. Via de Taskforce Arbeidsmarkt Zeevarenden (TAZ) wordt hoog ingezet op de promotie van het zeevarende beroep. Het arbeidskrachtentekort in de scheepvaart is nog steeds groot.  De huidige instroom is 250 tot 300 en er is een verdubbeling vereist. “Reders willen toch het liefst met Nederlandse officieren varen. Daarvoor moet je stages en banen bieden. Dat kun je beter collectief doen dan dat elke reder dat voor zich probeert te regelen. Dus als iemand wil…

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“Childhood dreams can come true”

When I was little, my thoughts on potential future jobs were, to say the least, very changeable. I wanted to be (in random order) a scuba diver, circus artist, full-time dog-walker, letter carrier, children’s book writer, medieval outlaw, archeologist, and the first to reach Peter Pan’s Neverland by bike. Among other things, that is. Whatever took my fancy at a particular moment was to be my future occupation. So when I became engrossed in a television series about the adventures of an 18th-century midshipman, and saw a mind-blowing full shot of…

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First Seatime Experience on board mv ‘Emotion’

My name is Mickey Labordus. I am a second year student at Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz at Terschelling. After one and a half years of theoretical studies, with some scattered practical lessons, my first real sea trip on board of one of the ships of the JR-Shipping fleet made me quite anxious. What to expect, will it meet my expectations, do I have sufficient knowledge? There must be a lot I still have to learn. All kind of things you ask yourself when the minivan takes you to Hamburg, the port…

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Student at Netherlands Maritime University

Indonesia is a country of thousands islands where shipping plays a very important role. Seafaring and maritime culture has been developed since years ago. Till the present day, the country keep delivering qualified seafarers and maritime officers to the world’s shipping and transport industry. Working in the shipping industry, in particular dealing with seafarers, which is mainly dominated by man, is quite a challenge. As a lecturer at Merchant Marine Polytechnic of Semarang, Indonesia, having education at master level is important for me personally to increase my capacity and to…

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