Danish Shipping Education

Two-year education course for shipping trainees, where you as a trainee are employed by a shipping company. As part of the education, you meet up with other international trainees on four modules with a duration of one week during the two years.

Danish Shipping Education is training the shipping-professionals of tomorrow in close collaboration with the shipping companies, creating an education that is both theoretical and practical, and prepares its trainees for an exciting future in the worldwide shipping industry. 

About Danish Shipping Education 

Danish Shipping Education is geared towards trainees from shipping companies, bunker companies, or other shipping operations, and involves a combination of theoretical and practical learning. Trainees enrolled with Danish Shipping Education are employed in trainee positions in the individual companies from the beginning of the education, ensuring a strong practical complement to the education’s theoretical aspects, and leading to holistic learning and solid understanding of the field. 

Danish Shipping Education has been assessed by The Danish Accreditation Institution as corresponding to level 5 in the Danish Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning. Graduates from Danish Shipping Education receive an official diploma and recognised qualifications that enable them to continue their studies at institutions throughout Europe. 

On-the-job training 

On-the-job training educates the trainee in the real world of shipping. It covers the practical part of the education and includes the learning that takes place during the trainee’s work with the individual companies, spanning the full two years of the education. 


Danish Shipping Education combines theory and practice, and includes four in-person modules, which complement the practical on-the-job training and the online webinars. 

Dates for Team 2023-2025 

Module 1: September  18-23, 2023 

Module 2: March 4-9, 2024 

Module 3: November 4-9, 2024 

Module 4: June 16-21, 2025 


Danish Shipping Education covers six thematical courses. The courses are conducted through webinars and during the four in-person modules. 

Maritime Law: Legal Aspects of Shipping  

The course focuses on International Maritime Law and its relationship with international trade and shipping, as well as the areas of law relevant to modern shipowners. 

Throughout the course, trainees are given the opportunity to develop their legal mindsets and expand their legal knowledge, while gaining insights into the fundamental principles of shipping and trade law. 

Maritime Economics: The Global Impact on Maritime and Business Economics 

The course introduces trainees to the relationship between shipping, the world economy, and seaborne trade, facilitating an understanding of the relevance of trade in the global shipping market. As such, trainees will familiarise themselves with drivers of supply and demand in shipping commodity markets, economic models and their application, and differing revenue sources. 

Energy and Fuel: Adapting for a Sustainable Future 

The course gives trainees an insight into the operational, commercial, financial, and legal aspects of the supplying of fuel for use by ships, known as bunkering. In this way, the course covers core knowledge about the bunker industry and its key players, the logistics and procedures behind it, as well as different qualities and requirements of fuel, all framed by contexts of related challenges and opportunities. 

Ship Design: Construction, Operations, and Future Vessels 

The course covers a range of areas, from shipping as a business entity, to ship operations and management, to the technology of different types of ships, providing trainees with essential knowledge of ship technology, technology and policy developments, and maritime regulation, enabling them to interact effectively with the ships and environments they operate in. 

Logistics and Supply Chain 

The course aims to provide trainees with an understanding of the complexity of international transportation logistics and supply chains, with an emphasis on multi-modal (or combined) transportation, planning, and control of the flow of goods and services throughout the supply chain, as well as the different types of service infrastructure. Moreover, as 90% of all international cargo transportation is, at least partly, conducted at sea, the course especially highlights the logistics involving maritime transport. 

Connecting Shipping Relations 

Connecting Shipping Relations considers the tools for effective and constructive collaboration across borders and fields, in order to avoid mis­un­der­stan­ding and promote the exchange of skills and knowledge. 


As part of Danish Shipping Education, trainees are presented with a unique opportunity to build a strong network in a worldwide industry, when they have the in-person-modules in Denmark. In this way, trainees undertaking and completing Danish Shipping Education will have built not only their own skillset and competences but connected with key people from all over the worldwide shipping industry, thereby laying a solid foundation for their futures. 

Practical Information 

Trainees are enrolled in Danish Shipping Education by the shipping company, bunker company, or other shipping operation, with which they have a contract. Trainees are therefore required to be employed in trainee positions from the beginning of the education. 

Danish Shipping Education is a private two-year programme, with participant payment. 


Prices for the full programme in 2023-2025 are: 

DKK 79.000 for members of Danish Shipping or the Danish Ferry Association 

DKK 99.000 for non-members 

The prices are excluding accommodation and books.


Arrangements for partial participation can be made directly with Danish Shipping Academy. 


Registration opens late February and can be done here.

Deadline for registration for 2023-2025 is June 20, 2023. 

For HR-re­p­re­sen­ta­ti­ves in shipping companies 

Once a year the Danish Shipping Education opens its doors, and you can visit a module on the education. It is a good opportunity, if you are considering using the education for your trainees, or if you are already using the education, and want to learn more about it. 

With a presentation of the education, a lunch, the opportunity to see real life class-teaching and a tour of the facilities at Hornbækhus, where the trainees attend modules, we hope to show the education in full motion. 

Next time is in June, 2023. For more information reach out to Anne Panknin Kristensen - apk@danishshipping.dk.  

For Potential Shipping Trainee Candidates 

Sign up here and get contacted by a recruiter. Every year World Careers hosts a Trade Event, where they assist shipping, bunker and other shipping operation companies with recruiting potential trainee candidates. It is an afternoon of fun, see an example here, and sign up for the trade event here. 


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