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Technical Graduate Program; Trainee Officer (Cadet) Programs; and Career Opportunities Worldwide


BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items. BP Shipping’s role and purpose is to provide safe, efficient, environmentally responsible marine and shipping solutions in support of the BP Group strategy. BP Shipping manages a large fleet of vessels, most of which are held on long term operating leases. BP Shipping’s chartering teams based in London, Singapore and Chicago also charter third party vessels on both time charter and voyage charter basis. The company has around 54 international vessels (37 medium-size crude and product carriers, four very large crude carriers, one North Sea shuttle tanker, eight LNG carriers and four LPG carriers).

From vessel design and operations, to chartering, ship manning, terminal vetting and logistics, BP Shipping attracts people with diverse talents to work both onshore and at sea. Worldwide around 1,700 people worked for BP Shipping and some 1,250 of these working on the directly operated vessels and the balance work in offices in the UK, US, Singapore, Australia, Turkey and South Africa.

BP Maritime Services (BPMS) employs over 1000 officers globally. The people work on BP operated vessels: crude oil and product tankers; liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers. It carries out and is responsible for all the HR functions applicable to sea staff, including global recruitment, development, training and performance, disciplinary and grievances of BP's marine employees and general HR functions relating to them.

BP SHIPPING Career Opportunities

Trainee Programs - Technical

  • Technical Graduate Program: In this program in Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering you develop your skills in such areas as ship building, repair and surveying, as well as technical standards, fleet operation, assurance and commerce. You will be supported throughout for achievement of chartered engineering status after just four years. The graduate program has accreditation from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). This program is for marine specialists with strong academic record and good degree (2:1 MEng at least) in an appropriate discipline will need to be supplemented by your proven interest in marine and offshore technology. Work experience within shipyards, consultancies or Class Societies would be to your advantage.

Trainee Officer (Cadet) Programs

  • UK Trainee Officer Program: As a UK Trainee Officer, you'll be sponsored by BP Maritime Services (Singapore) throughout your training program. Sponsorship includes all exam and course fees and a generous monthly subsistence allowance. All schemes are typically completed within three to four years, but they differ slightly depending on whether you enter with 'A' levels, GCSEs or other equivalent qualifications. Programs currently available in association with Warsash Maritime Academy for deck and engineering officers are - BSc Hons degree; Foundation degree; and Higher National Diploma, NVQ Level 3 merchant vessel operations / engineering. All schemes ensure that each trainee officer qualifies with a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) officer of the watch (OOW) professional certificate, deck or engineering.
  • Ireland Deck Officer Trainee Program: In Ireland, both deck officer and engineering officer trainees study for Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees in conjunction with the National Maritime College of Ireland. Irish deck officer trainees are expected to complete a BSc in nautical science, which typically takes three years, and includes both college work and a minimum of 12 months' sea service to be eligible to take the deck officer of the watch (OOW) professional certificate. Engineering officer trainees study for a BSc in marine and plant engineering, which also takes three years. You must then spend a further minimum of nine months at sea to be eligible to take the engineer officer of the watch (EOOW) professional certificate. BP Maritime Services (Singapore) sponsors Irish trainee officers at the completion of year 1 (for deck officers) and year 2 (engineering officers). Sponsorship includes all exam and required course fees and a generous monthly subsistence bursary allowance.
  • Poland Trainee Officer Program: The Polish trainee officer schemes are five-year college-based programs that incorporate substantial periods of sea training. BP Maritime Services (Singapore) sponsorship for Polish officer trainees commences after interview, prior to completion of year 3. Polish national candidates interested in applying should contact, in the first instance: Maritime Academy Gdynia; or Baltic Marine Gdynia.

Careers in BP Maritime Services

Opportunities in the BP Fleet: BP Maritime Services (BPMS) is based in Singapore and is the employer of all officers serving in the BP fleet. BPMS looks for talented individuals to join the high performing team where the challenge is to work to the highest standards in a performance-driven culture on a continuous basis. They also offer excellent promotion prospects and shore-based opportunities within BP.

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