Contributing to a greener shipping industry

28 October 2021

The maritime industry is changing with new technical developments and rapid digitalisation. Offering one of the most diverse and exciting career paths within industries today, young talented people are being recruited to bring in skills that will move the industry forward.

Meet Thea Kruse Valvatne who was chosen as one of eight Maritime Trainees in 2021 to participate in the Maritime Trainee program provided by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. Over a 22-month period, she will rotate within our organisation, to gain relevant knowledge and hands-on experience.

Can you tell us why you chose a career in shipping?  

I am interested in working in an international environment and the shipping industry is a global industry. Working in a company like Höegh Autoliners, I have the possibility to connect with people all over the world and build my network. 

With shipping accounting for 90% of global trade, the demand for maritime transport will continue. The industry must adapt, and investment in green technology is necessary to reduce carbon emissions. With my education in marine technology, I believe I have the skills to contribute to a greener shipping industry, especially here in Höegh which has already taken a giant leap towards a greener future. I believe we will see great changes in the near future, and I am excited to be a part of this.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

In five years’ time, I see myself contributing to the maritime industry’s zero emissions target, either in Oslo or somewhere else in the world. I also see myself with a large network within the maritime industry, which will benefit both myself and the company. I hope the experience gained will enable me to work on different projects, where I can make a real impact.

Do you have any tips for those who would like a career in shipping? 

As the shipping industry is global and you should be comfortable in English, so a year abroad can be beneficial to improve your language skills. I would recommend you read up on the industry, and how the company you are applying for differs from other companies. Familiarise yourself with the future they envision and show how interested you are to work for the company.

I think if you are curious, creative and have a thirst for learning and problem solving you will be well suited for a career in shipping.