J. Lauritzen - Traineeship and Careers in Ship Chartering & Merchant Marine

Trainee Programs in Operations, Chartering & Shipping Controlling & Career Opportunities Ashore & At Sea


Founded in 1884, J. Lauritzen A/S has been a leading supplier of ocean transport solutions for 125 years. JL has been involved in a broad range of shipping activities consistently focusing on operations that require competence and know-how. Over time, the JL name has evolved into a byword for respectability and trustworthiness in international merchant shipping. Despite working in different fields, JL's different business activities are linked to one another by a unified business philosophy and a common set of values.

J. Lauritzen A/S is 100% owned by Lauritzen Fonden (The Lauritzen Foundation). The Lauritzen Foundation was established in 1945 by the late ship-owners Ivar and Knud Lauritzen, together with their sister Anna Lønberg-Holm, to mark the 50th anniversary of the parent company, Vesterhavet A/S. The principal objective was to secure that companies within the Group could remain independent companies with their own identities.

J. Lauritzen operates in specialized markets, and the staff needs a high level of know-how to offer the value-adding services. Therefore the company places strong emphasis on education and training and foster a culture of continuous professional development. With highest professional standards in the recruitment process, Lauritzen seeks the best candidates through competency profiles, job analyses, interviewing and testing.

J. Lauritzen Career Opportunities

Trainee Programs

  • JL Bachelor Program: The bachelor program provides a knowledge base for coming generations of professional staff that will be seeking a career within international shipping, either in operations, chartering or shipping controlling in Denmark or at one of JL’s overseas offices. It is an intensive two-year program that focuses on the development of your professional and personal competencies and combines on-the-job-training with internal and external classes as well as e-learning in shipping related topics. You hold a BSc in Business Administration, Economics or similar academic level, preferably from a business school.

Other Career Opportunities

  • Jobs Ashore: Various positions are advertised from time to time in print and online media. Also the vacancies are displayed on JL website. If you are interested in filing an unsolicited application for J. Lauritzen's land-based organization, you can send your CV as well.
  • Jobs at Sea: If you are interested in applying for a job at sea, please e-mail your application to JL directly. Please note that non-Scandinavian crew is hired through OSM and non-Scandinavian candidates are therefore encouraged to mail their application to OSM (www.osm.no).

LAURITZEN Group Companies

Lauritzen Bulkers

Lauritzen Bulkers specialize in ocean transport of dry bulk Cargo and the operations are conducted from the Copenhagen headquarters and supported by offices in Singapore and Stamford, Connecticut (US), Lauritzen Bulkers has the experience, expertise and equipment necessary to expedite bulk transport to and from virtually any spot on the globe.

Lauritzen Kosan

Lauritzen Kosan serves customers in the energy, petrochemical and agricultural sectors (ocean transport of liquefied gases, including petrochemical gases, energy gases (LPG) and ammonia) in markets around the globe and, has established a dominant market position in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Lauritzen Offshore

Lauritzen Offshore focuses on advanced, dynamically positioned vessels, to support the rapidly growing offshore oil exploration and production sector with offshore accommodation units and shuttle tankers. Lauritzen Offshore retains its own in-house technical management organization including HSSEQ resources in order to keep close track of operations.

Lauritzen Tankers

Lauritzen Tankers is a global provider of safe and cost-efficient ocean transport for cargoes ranging from vegetable oil to crude oil, petroleum products and light chemicals.