BP Shipping / BP Maritime Services - Merchant Marine and Other Career Programs


Trainee Officer (Cadet), Supply and Trading,  Business, Engineering, Technology and other Career Opportunities Worldwide

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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.

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BP SHIPPING Career Opportunities

Shipping Cadets Program (UK/Asia)

  • Deck Cadet: You’ll go all over the ship as you learn to navigate, load and unload Cargo, handle legal and commercial affairs and oversee crew operations. After training, you’ll have a UK foundation degree or college diploma in marine operations, a seafarer’s license and Deck Watchkeeping Officer ‘certificate of competency’ from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). You’ll also be ready to apply for a permanent post as a deck officer on one of the ships.
  • Engineer Cadet: The training will teach you about the ship’s main engines and how to run and maintain all the mechanical equipment on board. When you finish the training, you’ll have a UK foundation degree or college diploma in marine engineering, a seafarer’s license and Engineer Watchkeeping Officer ‘certificate of competency’ from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Then you’ll be able to apply for a permanent post on one of the ships.
  • Electro Technical Cadet: You’ll learn to maintain and repair all the Electrical and electronic equipment, installations and machinery on board the ships. When you finish the training, you’ll have a UK foundation degree in marine electrical and electronic engineering, and a UK Marine Electro-Technical Officer (METO) ‘certificate of competency’ (STCW A-III/6 OOW) from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Then you’ll be able to apply for a permanent role.
  • Graduate Engineer Cadet: If you’re a graduate, you can accelerate through the program and even complete it in half the time. You’ll need a degree in marine, electrical or civil engineering.

Other BP Career Programs (UK/Europe/USA/Asia)

  • BP Supply and Trading Early Careers (UK/Singapore) - first or second year university students
  • BP Supply and Trading Graduate Programs - Europe
  • BP STEP program (USA)
  • BP scholars program (USA)
  • Supply and trading sophomore experience (USA)
  • Procurement and supply chain management
  • Marine engineering
  • Offshore structural engineering
  • Naval architecture
  • Subsea and floating systems engineering
  • Materials and corrosion engineering
  • Plus more!

LAST UPDATED ON Jul 22, 2019