Shipping careers

Do you dream of a truly international job? Transport jobs at Maersk can take you all over the world – or bring the world to you.

Transportation is vital to the world’s economy. Practically everything we hold in our hands was grown or manufactured in one location, packaged and distributed to another, and procured, delivered and consumed in yet another.

Over 80 percent of the world’s goods are transported by sea, and Maersk is one of the largest players in the container shipping market. This means that at any one time, there may be hundreds of transport-related vacancies at A.P. Moller - Maersk.

If you like the idea of an international working life that revolves around the oceans, and keeps you in touch with people all over the world, then a career within one of A.P. Moller - Maersk's four companies operating in transport might be just right for you.

A.P. Moller - Maersk includes the biggest container shipping line in the world.

A.P. Moller - Maersk runs four major transportation companies, of which Maersk is its biggest. Maersk is also the biggest container shipping company in the world – connecting major ports on all continents.

Where do you fit into shipping?

Employed in A.P. Moller - Maersk shipping companies are people with all manner of backgrounds, ranging from recent graduates to experienced professionals.

The job variety is huge, but can be roughly split into two: maritime jobs and commercial jobs. Maritime positions are available for experienced transport industry personnel, or for people who have completed our entry-level shipping programmes. Commercial transport positions are available to people from a broad spectrum of degree disciplines and other backgrounds.

A.P: Moller - Maersk: Maritime jobs

Transport is the largest business area within A.P. Moller - Maersk. Every year we recruit hundreds of trainees around the world to train as our future maritime personnel. 

If you are looking for a management role at sea, our Officer Training Schemes are open to successful students with A-levels, or your country’s 18+ equivalent qualifications.

If you would like to train as a Deck Seafarer or an Engineering Seafarer, our Deck Cadet and Engineering Cadet Schemes are open to students with a GCSE-level of education (or your country’s 16+ equivalent).

There are also frequent openings across the globe for experienced officers, engineers and seafarers and other qualified shipping personnel.

 A.P. Moller - Maersk: Commercial jobs

The entry-level training positions for commercial roles within Maersk include the Maersk International Graduate Programme, which trains you in the business-side of transport, including shipping-centric Sales, Trade & Marketing and Customer Services. These highly sought-after training opportunities are open to recent or relatively recent graduates with a background in commerce, business, law or similar discipline. 

Also ideal for ambitious, high-performing graduates is the DAMCO International Graduate Programme. 

For more experienced professionals, there is an array of exciting jobs in Sales, Trade, Marketing, Law and Customer Services – for which specific requirements will be posted.


A.P. Moller - Maersk transportation business units

If you are interested in transport opportunities, we have four major container shipping lines, and a variety of related business units.

Shipping opportunities


Safmarine Container Line

Operating in more than 120 countries – with a particularly strong foothold in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Safmarine employs individuals with a similar profile to the Maersk staff – a balance of exceptional, highly-qualified maritime and commercial personnel.



Sealand – A Maersk Company

We’re regional experts, powered by Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company. Combining passionate local teams and agile-thinking with an unrivalled global network, we move can move your cargo quickly and efficiently across the Americas, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.


APM Terminals

APM Terminals is our port-management and terminal-operations specialist. Operating with 25,000 employees in 68 countries, there are regular opportunities for entry-level and experienced port-technical and commercial staff.




Damco is he combined brand of A.P. Moller - Maersk's logistics activities, involved in supply chain management and freight forwarding solutions all over the world. With offices in more than 93 countries, and 10,800+ employees, there are many opportunities for an interesting career here.