traineeship Christian GrÃ¸nlund
gained broad practical experience, even by JL trainee standards.After spending his first year in JL's Bunkers Department trading oil, he moved to Lauritzen Kosan, where he worked in both the Operations Department and the Chartering Department.
At the end of his
had the opportunity of spending four weeks in Korea, where Lauritzen Kosan
is having a large number of new ships built.As of 1 August he has been employed with Lauritzen Kosan as an assistant chartering manager.
"Basically, my job is to keep vessels employed, to make sure they have cargo to sail with," he
says."You could compare it to a hotel, which ideally would maintain 100% occupancy.We try to come as close to that as we can for our ships, largely on contract, but also through the spot market."Like other trainees, he
also confirms that the most intense art of the training experience was learning to cope with serious job responsibilities right from the start.
"This was especially true when I first started with the Bunkers Department," he
says."One day, about a month after I began, I realized that - at age 21 - I was buying oil for ten vessels and trading for a total amount of about USD 10 million.Let's just say it both made me nervous and really focused me on not making a mistake."Christian GrÃ¸nlund
credits all his
senior colleagues - but especially his
assigned mentors - for providing the help and advice he
needed.Asked about the future, he
points out that there is always room for growth within the shipping industry - and always something more to learn.The future looks wide open.