People of the German flag

Erik Dalege

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About the person


Bundeslotsenkammer (KdöR, Federal chamber of sea pilots)



Education and professional career:

  • 1980 Start of career at sea as able seaman at shipping company Ahrenkiel
  • 1986 – 1989 certificate of competency as master at HfN Bremen
  • 1989 – 1996 Sea service as Navigational Officer in various trade areas
  • 1996 – 2002 Sea service as Master worldwide trade, last with the shipping company SAL for heavy loads
  • 2002 pilotage certificate
  • 2006 - 2012 deputy trainer of Lotsenbrüderschaft Elbe
  • 2013 – 2018 3. alderman of Lotsenbrüderschaft Elbe, chairman Lotsbezirk 1
  • Since August 2018 Head of Bundeslotsenkammer (Federal chamber of sea pilots)

As head of the Bundeslotsenkammer, he consults the BMDV regarding the practicalities of the new training for sea pilots.



6 questions about the maritime sector and the German flag

A profession outside of every-day life.

A profession defined by, among other things, endurance, making do without familiar things and surroundings, gaining extraordinary experiences, team spirit, technology and immediate experience of nature and weather.

Something like "Fernweh" brought me into the maritime world, I stayed because the profession fascinates me and you have many opportunities to develop professionally.

Train as ship's mechanic, get an engineering or navigational certificate of competency and discover the broad spectrum of professional possibilities on offer in the maritime sector.

During the first years of my service at sea, the German flag provided a piece of home whilst far away.

By now, I am responsible for 36 pilot vessels reaching from station ship to small pilot vessel, all flying the German flag.

Naturally, the sea pilot, representing the state on board a sea-going ship, transfers with a vessel flying the flag of the respective port state.

This can be viewed as a signal of welcome to crew and passengers.

For the highly responsible task of piloting, the sea pilot association requires expertly trained, socially well-insured and therefore motivated staff.

It is highly valued by employer and employee that the seafarers are covered by statutory social security and the other advantages of the German flag.

The German flag is essential for maintaining the know-how in Germany. Therefore, its subsidisation on various levels, among others Stiftung "Schifffahrtsstandort Deutschland", is crucial.

The German flag has a future, as long as all stakeholders will commit to it.

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