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Meet our Trainees

November 10 - 2020

At Hafnia we have the frequent pleasure of welcoming trainees that provide us with fresh ideas and great energy. Recently we talked to two of these trainees, Gustav and Louise, who have been working in the Operations department in Copenhagen, Denmark. We asked them about what it’s been like to start their career in the product tanker industry.

 

Gustav Clausen

Trainee, Operations, Hafnia

What has it been like to enter the product tanker industry?
It has been incredibly exciting to start in an industry like the tanker industry, as you have the whole world as your workplace. You talk to and learn about people from all over the world on a daily basis.

What’s been the biggest surprise so far?
I was surprised by the magnitude of the industry, its importance for the world economy, plus, of course, the sheer size of the ships.

What’s the biggest professional challenge you’ve taken on at Hafnia so far?
On my first day of work I was given responsibility for two Long Range tankers. This, I think, was very intimidating considering that I had never worked in the industry before. I really enjoy the confidence Hafnia has in its trainees and since I’ve started I’ve only been given more responsibility.

What advice would you give to young people who want to make it in the product tanker industry?
As this industry involves a lot of communicating with other people, I would advise young people to be welcoming, positive and kind. In addition, I would advise people to be diligent and hardworking as this is an industry where you need to work a lot.

 

Louise Friis Gjerding

Trainee, Operations, Hafnia

What has it been like to enter the product tanker industry?
It has been interesting to say the least. It’s fascinating to learn how the ecosystem of a whole new industry functions and gain insight into what it takes to operate the ships in a massive fleet.

What’s been the biggest surprise so far?
The biggest surprise so far has been learning about how the product tanker industry is affected by the world economy. There are a lot of moving parts that influence each other. 

What’s the biggest professional challenge you’ve taken on at Hafnia?
The biggest challenge has been that from day one I was in charge of my own four vessels – a significant responsibility, and a great way to learn how to operate the ships, from the start.

What advice would you give to young people who want to make it in the product tanker industry?
The best advice I have is to be open-minded to all people and be willing to take on new challenges. You also have to be curious to learn more about the industry and the constantly changing factors that affect it.

 

If you would like to know more about what it’s like to work in the product tanker industry and more specifically Hafnia check out our careers page here.

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