Shipping Trainee

Build a career in
international shipping

Career at Ultrabulk 

Ultrabulk is a dry bulk operator employing 149 people world-wide and operating a fleet of 165-200 vessels in the Panamax, Supramax, Handysize, MPP & Minibulk and Parcels segments. Ultrabulk has 9 offices strategically located all over the world. The holding company of Ultrabulk is among the 50 largest companies in Denmark based on annual turnover, and the 5th largest company in the transport sector in Denmark, according to Berlingske list ‘Gold1000’ published in Q3 2023.

Ultrabulk is a subsidiary of Ultranav International ApS, and as part of a large and diversified shipping group, we are able to offer our employees exciting opportunities in positions in different countries, in different business units and in different segments. The Ultranav group counts over 3,700 employees.
Via Ultranav we have strong connections to South America and Chile in particular, but we also have a long tradition in Danish shipping with roots dating back to 1891 and “Rederiet Myren”, which later became part of the more commonly known East Asiatic Company (EAC/ØK).

Shipping Trainee

The Ultrabulk Trainee Programme

Commencing on 15 August 2023.

A traineeship in Ultrabulk is an intensive two-year programme consisting of both theoretical and practical training.

As a trainee in Ultrabulk, you will follow the theoretical training of the Commercial Shipping Programme at the Danish Shipping Education with other Danish and international Shipping Trainees.

The theoretical training consists of a unique combination of classroom sessions and e-learning. You will learn about Maritime Economics, Maritime Law, Connecting Shipping Relations and Energy & Fuel.

The practical training takes place at on of the Ultrabulk offices where you will gain extensive knowledge about the main areas of shipping, for example chartering, operations and operational control. As a part of the education, you will join various departments and have a mentor dedicated to you in each new team.

During the two years you will also be offered a period abroad in one of the other Ultrabulk locations.

In Ultrabulk, we are convinced that an optimal working environment requires an excellent social atmosphere across departments and units, and we encourage you to participate in our various social events and sports activities.

What we ask

We expect that you have/are:

  • Fluent in English, both spoken and in writing
  • Craftsmanship, business acumen and an
    analytical mindset
  • Excellent social skills and a desire to contribute
    to a positive atmosphere
  • An open-minded approach and team player-skills

What’s in it for you?

Upon completion of a traineeship in Ultrabulk, you will be provided with:

  • A great start to your career in shipping within a company that keeps a narrow focus on your continuous development both personally and theoretically
  • Profound knowledge of the shipping industry
  • A network of highly professional and motivated colleagues
  • International working experience from one of our offices abroad
  • Hands-on experience with all aspects of shipping supplemented with participation in tailored courses.

In years we recruit for new shipping trainees, our recruitment starts in November, with an application deadline on December 31st, followed by interviews in January and February.

The selected trainees start their programme in the fall the following year.

When our job advertisement is active, you will be able to access it from this site.

You are very welcome to sign up to our Job Agent to ensure you are automatically notified when we commence our search.

“I have always wanted to work in an international environment, and the shipping industry is perfect for that!

I applied for the Trainee Programme at Ultrabulk to get practical knowledge within shipping. At Ultrabulk, I especially like that I am not seen as a Trainee, but as an equal member of the team. Very soon after starting, I was given a lot of responsibilities, so being a Trainee at Ultrabulk is a great opportunity to learn more about the dynamic and ever-changing world of shipping, through all challenges and successes. There is always a colleague ready to help out, also if it is just to have a laugh!

During my traineeship, my network has expanded considerably! Every day, I talk to clients and colleagues from all over the world. Getting to build relations with clients early on, as well as fellow trainees from other companies through the educational part of the programme, is truly invaluable.

For anyone interested in starting a career in shipping, I would highly recommend the Trainee Programme at Ultrabulk!”

Hanne Behrensen, Chartering Executive and former shipping trainee, Ultrabulk

We offer a unique chance to join one of our overseas offices

Further information

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World Careers

World Careers is a coordinated and targeted industry campaign aimed to raise awareness of the maritime industry, its job opportunities and educational programmes.

Danish Shipping Academy

The Danish Shipping Academy offers a 2-year Commercial Shipping Programme; a theoretical programme to accompany your practical training as a trainee in a Danish shipping company


Meet the Management Team and the Board of Directors.


Ultrabulk is part of Ultranav, a large and diversified group of shipping companies. Ultranav was founded in Chile in 1960 by Captain Albert von Appen.

Specialised services

Special cargo? We are specialists in tailor-made transportation and cargo handling solutions.

How we work

Our teams go beyond borders, so no matter where in the world you are, we are ready to assist on any marine transportation need you have.