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Recruitment of seafarers

Private seafarer recruitment and placement agencies must be approved

Private seafarer recruitment and placement services are quite common in the shipping industry. The Maritime Labour Convention requires that flag states supervise and approve seafarer recruitment and placement agencies established in their territory, e.g., in order to prevent seafarers from being forced to pay a placement fee to their employer. Shipowners may only use recruitment and placement services approved by the competent authority.

What does „recruitment and placement“ mean?

Private recruitment and placement is the commercial manning of open jobs by private agencies. Internal recruitment and placement of seafarers by an independent subsidiary company of a shipping company also falls in this category according to maritime labour law.

It is, however, not a case of recruitment and placement, but rather of the so called supply of temporary agency workers if the agency itself is the employer (supplier) of the respective seafarer (temporary agency worker) and loans him or her, within the scope of his or her economic activity, to a third party (user of the worker’s services) to work for. The supplier of temporary agency workers requires a licence by the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit).

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Approval procedure for private recruitment and placement services in Germany

Since 1. August 2013 private maritime recruitment and placement services based in Germany may only be used if they are approved with a certificate of approval by the Ship Safety Division of the BG Verkehr. Those private maritime recruitment and placement services that are based in Germany but also recruit and place seafarers for crews on ships flying foreign flags still require a certificate of approval by the Ship Safety Division of BG Verkehr.

For application please use the application form for approval of private recruitment and placement services.

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Private recruitment and placement services for seafarers approved in Germany

The following maritime recruitment and placement services in Germany have been approved by the ship safety division:

Name of recruitment and placement service Certificate valid until

Agentur: Förster-Huang GmbH, Timmendorfer Strand

12.03.2022

Alfa Ship & Crew Management, Hamburg

19.08.2022

ALSTER MARINE SERVICES GmbH, Hamburg

01.08.2022

Amas Maritime Service GmbH, Hamburg

09.04.2022 

Amazsa Hamburg GmbH, Hamburg

12.09.2022

Atlantic Lloyd GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

19.03.2021

Atlantic Lloyd Shipmanagement GmbH, Hamburg

31.01.2020

Atria Learning and Development GmbH, Leer

02.06.2022

Auerbach Bereederung GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

06.10.2021

Baltic Sea Crew Management GmbH, Lübeck

03.06.2022

BCM Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Leer

20.11.2020

Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

27.02.2019

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

18.04.2022

Briese Crew Management GmbH, Leer

26.05.2022

Carl Büttner Shipmanagement GmbH

07.08.2020

Chemtrans Crewmanagement GmbH, Hamburg

24.07.2022

Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH, Hamburg

29.01.2020

connect career GmbH, Rostock

29.04.2022

CPO Crewing GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

04.05.2021

CSM GmbH, Duisburg

08.07.2022

Docmondis / Notarzt- Börse

11.10.2020 

Döhle Personalmanagement GmbH, Hamburg

29.07.2022

Dr. Jens Tülsner / Marine Medical Solutions, Hohen Neuendorf

16.12.2021

DS Crewing GmbH, Hamburg

07.03.2022

ECS - Essberger Crewing Services GmbH, Hamburg

02.05.2022

EMA Marine GmbH, Hamburg

13.06.2022

Ernst Russ Consulting GmbH, Hamburg

12.09.2022

GCC German Crew Center GmbH, Hamburg

29.09.2021

GeoSea Infra Solutions GmbH, Bremen

10.12.2021

Globe Ship Agency GmbH, Hamburg

29.07.2022

Harren Shipping Services GmbH & Co. KG, Haren (Ems), Bremen

07.09.2021

Hartmann Crew Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Leer

03.07.2022

Interorient Crew Services (Germany) GmbH, Hamburg

18.12.2019

JobonShip Recruiting Agency Germany, München

07.07.2020

JPC Shipmanagement GmbH, Stade

16.06.2022

Liberty One Crewing Services GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen

09.04.2021

Lighthaus-Marine UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Hamburg

04.04.2022

Lubeca Marine Management GmbH & Co. KG, Lübeck

21.05.2022

Lydia Mar Shipping GmbH, Hamburg

25.03.2022

manx ocean germany GmbH, Oldendorf

30.07.2019

Marcrew Schiffahrts GmbH, Hamburg

05.06.2022

Marlow Offshore Germany GmbH, Hamburg

25.03.2020

Martracon Crewmanagement GmbH, Hamburg

12.05.2022

Martracon Deutschland LTD, Hamburg

13.06.2022

MINMARINE Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, Schnaittenbach

25.09.2021

MINSHIP Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, Schnaittenbach

29.10.2020

MMC Crewing Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

02.07.2020

Nordic Hamburg Crewing Services GmbH, Hamburg

04.01.2020

Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

03.07.2022

Northern Crewing Services GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

16.04.2022

Northwest Crewing GmbH, Leer

27.06.2022

NSB Crewing Solutions GmbH, Buxtehude

24.07.2020

over-C Crewing GmbH & Co. KG, Haren

31.12.2021

Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG, Hamburg

29.07.2022

PRONAV Schiffahrtsberatung GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

21.04.2022

Reederei F. Laeisz GmbH, Rostock

06.11.2020

RHL Hamburger Lloyd Crewmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

20.11.2019

SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, Hamburg

07.02.2021

Seven Seas Production GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

02.04.2021

Ships Crew Management, Gerardo J. Tolentino, Hamburg

26.06.2022

Stefan Liebig - backup jobs agency, Ronneburg

03.07.2020

Team Ship Crew GmbH & Co. KG, Wentorf

26.08.2019

Thien & Heyenga Leer GmbH, Leer

09.07.2022

Thomas Schulte Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

30.06.2022

Thor Crewing Luxenbourg SA, Branch Germany

16.06.2021

Uniteam Marine Shipping GmbH, Hamburg

05.06.2022

United Lloyd Crewing GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen

31.01.2020

United Offshore Support GmbH, Leer

21.10.2021

UOS Crew Services UG (haftungsbeschränkt) & Co. KG, Leer

04.10.2020

USC Crew GmbH, Drochtersen

26.02.2020

Wallem GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

11.11.2019

ZEABORN Navigation GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

13.06.2022

ZEABORN Marine Services (Germany) GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

20.07.2022

ZEABORN Crew Management GmbH & Cie. KG, Hamburg

21.05.2022

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Publication of problems which may arise when signing on on a ship which flies the flag of a state that has not ratified the Maritime Labour Convention (Section 26 para 4 Maritime Labour Act)

Crew members on board ships flying a flag of a state that has ratified the Maritime Labour Convention have a right to be repatriated according to Regulation 2.5 of the Maritme Labour Convention at no cost to themselves when the seafarer's employment agreement is terminated. 

For given reason the Ship Safety Division of the BG Verkehr likes to point out that there is no right to be repatriated at no cost to themselves when signing on on a ship which flies the flag of a state that has not ratified the Maritime Labour Convention.

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Public recruitment and placement agency for seafarers in Germany

Next to the private recruitment and placement agencies for seafarers, the public recruitment and placement of seafarers by the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (federal employment agency) plays an important role. The Zentrale Heuerstelle Hamburg of the Bundeagentur für Arbeit is responsible for the placement of seafarers throughout Germany.

The Heuerstelle informs, advises and places professional and managerial personnel of the maritime sector free of charge. Their staff informs and advises about training opportunities and helps find vocational training positions in maritime transport.

Find further in information about the Zentrale Heuerstelle Hamburg at the web pages of the Heuerstelle.

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