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Maritime Internship, Summer Placement and Seagoing Career for Dutch and Foreign Personnel in Europe and Worldwide

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Founded in 1921, Spliethoff Group is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands with offices worldwide. Spliethoff Group consists of - BigLift Shipping, one of the leading operators in the worldwide heavy lift market; Ro-Ro operator Transfennica, Finland’s leading provider of logistic services for the forestry industry, shortsea specialist Wijnne Barends and Ro-Ro tonnage provider Bore.

Spliethoff manages a fleet of 50 multipurpose, geared, tweendeck vessels, ranging from 12,000 to 23,000 DWT and fly the Dutch flag. And a total of 100 vessels are operated by the Group. Besides the manning of its managed fleet, Spliethoff also mans the vessels operated by BigLift Shipping, Transfennica and DYT. Spliethoff transport forest products, heavy lift project cargoes, generals, containers, bulk and trailers and other rolling equipment amongst other items.

Spliethoff conducts several apprenticeship programs for Dutch and foreign personnel. Also Spliethoff offers a good balance between sailing/shore leave periods, an interesting working environment and the company is always looking for skilled and enthusiastic seafarers with the right working spirit.

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Career Opportunities


Maritime Apprenticeships

  • Internship at Spliethoff (Dutch): Every year we offer interns the opportunity to complete their internship on board our ships. You qualify for an internship if you have qualifications for Maritime Officer, Officer or Mechanic (MBO BOL 4 / HBO). The opportunities include - An internship on modern ships in a worldwide sailing area with large variety of cargo (including heavy cargo). The participants also receive guidance by 2 mentors on board and extensive information and preparation for signing up the program.
  • Summer Job at Spliethoff (Dutch): Maritime Officer, Officer or Mechanic (MBO BOL4 / HBO) students are offered summer jobs every year. This means that you can be placed on one of the worldwide sailing vessels during the summer holidays which include a few weeks of sailing, working, learning and living on a Spliethoff ship.
  • Foreign Personnel: Spliethoff Amsterdam is a Dutch company and by law the vessels need to be manned by Dutch officers as much as possible. However, due to the recent fast growth of the Dutch fleet there is a shortage of Dutch officers and an increasing demand for officers of different nationality. Your certificates that are, or will be, (up to finishing your education) issued by your government should be in full compliance with the STCW Convention.

Seafarer Career

  • Seagoing Jobs: Spliethoff has vacancies for seafarers with complete licence and certificates and a positive recent medical test. You also have a good command of the English language. Vacancies are announced from time to time for Dutch as well as crew from Russia, Philippines, Ukraine, and Estonia. Application for jobs can be applied through Spliethoff website career section.

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