Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 13
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Angela Boemke
Phone: +49 40 3190-7130
Fax: +49 40 3190-5020
Mail: schifffahrtsfoerderung@bsh.de

Financial support for training places

Financial support in maritime shipping

The federal government supports the provision of training places on board of seagoing ships operated under the flag of Germany or of another EEA state. Financial support is granted for training places of ship mechanics as well as for navigational and engineering officer's assistants (NOA/TOA). In addition as of the subsidisation year 2023, training places of electro-technical officer's assistants (ETOA) are subsidised for the first time as well. The cost of training places are subsidised by lump sums per vocational training place as follows:

  Ship mechanic   32,000 Euros
  Navigational officer's assistant   16,000 Euros
  Engineering officer's assistant   21,000 Euros
  Electro-technical officer's assistant   16,000 Euros

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From the subsidisation year 2023, the training ships have to be listed in a shipping register of an EU member state or an EEA state as well as fly the flag of an EU member state or an EEA state during the period of the grant.

This regulation applies to training contracts made for maritime vocational training places from the 1st January 2023. The seamless transition from the "old" to the current subsidisation guideline for contracts still made in the year 2022 is ensured with a transition regulation (only for training places that had been eligible for subsidisation before).


Please apply for subsidies with a single application (Sammelantrag). The requested information in the single application is about the company and the number of planned vocational training relationships. Eligible to apply are shipowners within the meaning of § 4 of the Maritime Labour Act (Seearbeitsgesetz) (the owner of the ship, contractual shipowners, bareboat-charterers, however not crewing agencies) providing training places eligible for financial support.

Please note:
Already before closing of the training or employment agreements, you have to wait for the notification of the BSH regarding the single application (Sammelantrag) which recognizes the general qualification for financial support. Otherwise the financial support is not possible.

After the contracts have been closed, you will have to apply for each vocational training place with a supplementary individual application. Subsequently,  the BSH verifies every vocational training relationship and issues a final notification for each individual case. No term of preclusion exists for the supplementary individual application. However, the BSH recommends to apply as early as possible since the contribution is only granted with the final notice and only then a claim to the payment exists.

Please submit the applications in written form to:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

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Applcation forms for training places from 01.01.2023 / 01.01.2024 (current APK Guideline)

Further information on the support programme can be found in the "Richtlinie zur Ausbildungsplatzförderung in der Seeschifffahrt vom 9. November 2022" - Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (Bundesanzeiger vom 29.11.2022, BAnz AT 29.11.2022, B3).

Applications for training places that had been eligible before (transitional regulation)

You find further information on the support programme in "Richtlinie zur Ausbildungsplatzförderung in der Seeschifffahrt vom 7. Oktober 2019" - Federal ministry of transport and digital infrastructure (Bundesanzeiger vom 11.10.2019, BAnz AT 11.10.2019 B3).

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Recipients of subsidies for vocational training places are accountable within six months after the training has been completed. This account must be submitted in writing and complete to:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
D 20359 Hamburg

Please use the following forms:

Further information on accounting can be found in the notification of appropriation of funds and in the following guidelines:

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