Seafarers als experts in the field

Royal Wagenborg is constantly improving operating and managing her fleet. This drive recently resulted in several projects and project groups. One of these projects is called ‘Captain/Chief Engineer assistance in the selection process’, led by Marianne Klat, sr. Crew Manager at the Delfzijl Office. The goal of this project is to form a team of experienced masters and chief engineers, who will assist in the selection process of new colleague seafarers. “By doing so, we can use the knowledge and professional judgement of our experienced seafarers to hire the best people,” explains Marianne.

“The better we train our apprentices, the better they can serve as officers on board our ships!”

Using our ‘experts in the field’ will not only be beneficial to Wagenborg, but for the colleagues involved, in being part of this selection team as well. It is an opportunity to learn new skills (such as interviewing), to get acquainted with other colleagues and to apply their knowledge in a new way.

One of the team members is Mark van de Pol, chief engineer. When he heard about the project, he reacted spontaneously:

“Some time ago I was asked by the office to participate in a team that selects new colleagues. Most of these colleagues were new apprentices joining our fleet twice a year. I was very enthusiastic about this opportunity. I really appreciated it that the office staff was interested in the opinion of the ship’s staff during the selection of our apprentices and thus indirectly also the selection of our future officers. Since I was once an apprentice in our company and subsequently a designated training officer for many years, I know the importance of good education for our apprentices. After all: the better we train our apprentices, the better they can serve as officers on board our ships.” 

The education of apprentices starts with the selection process. The typical sailing times for apprentices are two periods of about five months each. During this period they must acquire all the skills to be an officer. These periods can seem long to outsiders, but in practice this time often passes quickly on board. In order to obtain all these skills and to finish their assignments in time, the cadets must be theoretically skilled, professional, enthusiastic and duly motivated. Also they must be able to fit in and work with a multinational, multicultural crew.

We are convinced that if the office staff and the ship’s staff are working together in this selection process, we can have the best possible candidates with the above mentioned capabilities. Beside
the fact that this is good for apprentices, it is also believed that the ship’s staff and the office staff working together will improve the relationship between shore and sea. It is a good opportunity for both sides to learn from each other.

“I am looking forward to this project - it has been theoretically set-up now. It looks really good on paper. Some participants do need some additional training and if all that is arranged, I hope we can bring everything into practice very soon!”, concludes Mark.