Our culture

you can trust

Working with us

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 group of shipping companies, 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 of companies 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).

When you join us, you join a family

One of the most frequent observations from the candidates we meet at our interviews is this: A warm and welcoming atmosphere from the moment they step inside.

It makes us both happy and proud, and we feel it really captures the culture of Ultrabulk in a perfect way.

We like long and hearty laughs. We like to share stories. We like to celebrate. And we believe that work should be fun and rewarding on a professional level as well as on a personal level.

Our mission to be “a partner you can trust” shines through in our way of being colleagues – by truly caring for one another and work together as a team to reach our goals for the business.

Diversity matters

In our experience an organisation consisting of different cultures, genders and ages enriches the organisation and brings important benefits, including improvements in decision making, problem solving, productivity, innovation and atmosphere, and these will all help us in our constant strive to be a partner you can trust.

Offices in 9 countries

Ultrabulk is an international organisation with offices strategically located all over the world. We are therefore fluent in all time zones as well as MS Teams! Many of our employees have been posted in one of the locations for a period of time, and it is a central part of a traineeship to experience a stay abroad.

Many different nationalities

We are working actively towards creating a diverse and inclusive organisation. On a daily basis, this means that you can find yourself on a trip around the world just by taking a walk in the office. With different nationalities comes also different cultures and languages. In all our offices the official language is English,

but you can also often hear Danish, Spanish, Chinese, German, Filipino and Norwegian spoken around the offices.

Each team member contributes to the diversity of the environment by bringing different cultures and languages into their daily work. Shipping is inherently multicultural and Ultrabulk is no exception. This is one of the reasons why we excel at what we do.

The variations in national culture invites for interesting topics to be discussed, and we often learn new intriguing things about each other’s cultures from our different home countries. And so our outlook and understanding of the world is broadened.

Age and experience

We see both ends of the spectrum; trainees and student assistants at the beginning of their career and employees about to reach retirement age. So it is safe to say that our range in both age and number of service years is significant, and we see this as a huge advantage for our business and our atmosphere.

The diversity in age and service years allows for a dynamic work environment where we combine the wonder and outside-in perspective you can have as either a younger person or a new employee with the professional insights and deep experience in a field that a more seasoned employee would possess. We are united in our values and great respect for each other’s competencies.


The shipping industry has historically been a male-dominated world, but times are changing. The entire industry is working together to get more women to join the great life of shipping, and to support that goal, Ultrabulk committed to the Charter for More Women in Shipping, an initiative launched in 2020 by Danish Shipping. By signing the Charter, Ultrabulk has made a significant commitment towards a more gender balanced organisation and in shipping in general.

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Employee testimonials

Oliver, Head of East Coast South America

Oliver joined Ultrabulk in 2016 as a Shipping Trainee in Denmark and has since worked his way up to Head of East Coast South America Supramax in our Chartering department.

With close family in the shipping industry, Oliver has always found the industry interesting, especially the international aspect:

“I find it really interesting to navigate within complex factors such as trade wars and environmental crises, while also finding the best solution for each customer.”

As opportunities emerged, Oliver relocated to our Singapore office, where he worked for three years before returning to our Copenhagen office:

“I really loved being in Singapore and learned a lot from working abroad and being away from home, but what an amazing opportunity and experience to get to work in a different country with a different culture. When returning to Copenhagen, I returned with new strong friendships from my time in Singapore, and I would encourage others to accept the same opportunity if given.”

Madeleine, Chartering Executive

Madeleine originally comes from Norway but studied International Shipping and Trade at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

While studying she joined Ultrabulk as a Student Assistant in Business Controlling and soon after she joined Business Intelligence for her internship. After graduating, Madeleine was offered a full-time position as an Operations Executive.

“It was not always a plan that I would work in the shipping industry, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being in Operations now, I feel like I truly benefit from my time in other departments. In my various roles, I have been able to apply what I have learned during my studies, especially when it comes to industry understanding, problem solving and strategy.”

Being motivated by being able to learn something new every day, Madeleine describes how the opportunities given to her in Ultrabulk supports that:

“The managers listen to your wishes and supports you in achieving them, and at the same time they help you to see and develop your professional strengths making you able to learn every day.”

Lucia, Business Controller

Lucia has always been passionate about crunching numbers. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics as well as a Master Degree in Financial Management, both of which she took in Madrid, Spain where she is originally from.

Lucia started working with us in 2014, and when describing Ultrabulk, the international environment stands out to Lucia. Being an expat from Spain, she enjoys the culture mix and atmosphere of our global organisation.

“I have always felt challenged, and with new responsibilities continuosly coming my way, I have always felt motivated through the years. But also the trust put on me was and still is a motivation that drives me every day.

I enjoy learning about new ways of working, the cultural differences, and continuously developing my skills. Every day I learn new things and become more flexible both personally and professionally.”

Harshit, Head of Fleet Efficiency and Decarbonisation

In collaboration with the commercial and technical teams, Harshit plays a great role towards lowering emissions and improving the energy efficiency of the fleet through implementation of operational measures and incorporation of relevant technologies and digital solutions.

Harshit comes from India and has previously worked in Japan, but it turned out that working in Denmark, and in particular at Ultrabulk, was the right decision for him:

“The best thing about working at Ultrabulk, besides getting to use and develop my core competences, is being surrounded by such vibrant, highly skilled and helpful colleagues, and that is the main reason I love to work here. There is a high element of trust, inclusion and genuine connections within the colleagues who come from a diverse and multicultural environment.

On top of that, Ultrabulk gives a very high priority to maintain the flexibility, work-life balance, and employees’ well being, which makes me feel valued as an employee.”

Ultrabulk offices around the world

Part of Ultranav

Ultranav is a privately owned shipping company with offices in 19 countries. Through twelve business units, we operate in five market segments: Oil, gas, dry bulk, coastal trades, and towage & offshore. We operate a fleet of gas and chemical carriers, tankers for crude oil and clean petroleum products, bulk carriers, feeder container ships, multipurpose vessels, harbour tugs, PSVs, AHTS, pusher tugs, barges and pilot boats. Ultranav employs approx. 3,700 people, of which 2,861 are seafarers worldwide. Read more about Ultranav


Danish Shipping

Danish Shipping is a trade and employer organisation playing an active role in relation to the authorities and decision-makers nationally and internationally.

Charter for More Women in Shipping

Charter for More Women in Shipping is an initiative aimed at increasing the share of women in Danish shipping companies. The Charter urges companies to focus on gender equality.


WIS is a worldwide network for women in the maritime industry aiming to empower women in the shipping industry and to achieve more diversity and equality in the industry.


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.

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