Ordinary Ship's Assistant
The vessel does not sail without the Ordinary Ship's assistant
Even if you as an ordinary ship’s assistant are working as a supernumerary, you fulfil a significant role on ESVAGT’s vessels and are included on an equal footing with the rest of the crew.
As an ordinary ship’s assistant, you will find that the days are rarely the same during your first muster. You will have a wide range of tasks, and you will, among other things, participate in training exercises, general maintenance of the vessel, cleaning, cooking and look-out duties.
As this is a trainee position, the training book must be completed on board. The crew on board is always available and ready to help with the training book. However, it is expected that you, as an ordinary ship’s assistant, take responsibility for completing this and are eager to learn.
As part of the trainee program, ESVAGT wishes that the ordinary ship’s assistants experience different vessel types, such as ERRV, X-Bow ships and SOV, in order to expand knowledge of vessel-specific workflows and ensure an exciting and varied trainee time.
The beginning of your ESVAGT career
Being newly employed at a new workplace will always be related with some excitement and nervousness, but you will be well taken care of during your start at ESVAGT.
The employment at ESVAGT starts with a course in Esbjerg, and it will take place over two weeks with days off in between.
On your first day at work, you will be introduced to ESVAGT as a shipping company at the head office with a group of other new employees, and here you will also meet some of the onshore employees.
The rest of the first week will consist of an extended first aid course.
In the second week, you will start the training in sailing an FRB, which is our most important tool in a rescue operation.
In addition, we will conduct an in-depth internal safety course where you will be equipped to work according to ESVAGT STANDARD.
On your last day, you take part in pacing, where you again sail the FRB, learn to dock with the hook and to sail up along the mother ship.
During the course, you will receive a plan for your upcoming sailing, and when the course is completed, you will be called out for your first muster.
Become a part of esvagt
More than 200 ordinary ship's assistants is spread across our 43 vessels. Are you dreaming of becoming a part of ESVAGT?
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM US?
- A trainee agreement that includes 12 months of effective sailing time
- Salary during the internship period according to the collective agreement both during the sailing and home period
- A varied and inspiring job
- The opportunity for personal and professional development
- Training according to ESVAGT’s internal and the position-specific training book
- The opportunity to try your hand at tasks on both bridge, deck and in the engine room
- 4 weeks at sea and almost 4 weeks of home
- Exercise equipment, own chamber, and common room
What do we expect from you?
- Have completed the basic maritime education as an ordinary ship’s assistant or HF-Søfart
- Passionate about making a career in the maritime industry
- Want to work with fire, rescue and first aid at sea
- Can cook meals as galley service may occur
- Can communicate in writing and orally in both Danish and English
- Can present a criminal record (max 3 months old)
- Can show pure drug test when hiring (ESVAGT bears the cost)
- Have a valid health certificate and passport
... You've earned 12 months of effective sailing time – now what?
In ESVAGT many seafarers started their career in the shipping company as ordinary ship’s assistants, but who today work as either able ship assistants, navigators, or engineers.
After earning the 12 months of effective sailing time, it is possible for the ordinary ship’s assistant to further train as either an able ship’s assistant, navigator, or engineer.
ESVAGT prioritizes retaining employees after graduation, and therefore there will be good opportunities to continue in the shipping company in another position if good cooperation has previously been experienced.
“When I decided to continue my studies to become an able ship’s assistant, I called the office and we quickly made a plan. I knew I was welcome back, and throughout my education I knew that the future would be in ESVAGT. ” – Michel Nørfjand, ESVAGT CORNELIA
Meet three assistants in ESVAGT
We receive many inquiries and use our database very actively before searching the newspapers and online. It is therefore important that you register your application and update it continuously.
Once your application has been registered correctly, you will receive an automatic response that your application has been received. You will hear from us again if we choose to invite you to an interview.
If you are not qualified for a position at ESVAGT, you will receive a rejection email. Unfortunately, we will not be able to elaborate on the individual rejection personally.