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Rewarding Shipping Excellence in Denmark
Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Our colleagues in Denmark are thriving. It is high time we shed
some light on both the Branch and International Teaching Centre
centre as shining examples of education facilitation at its very
Talking to Jesper Sebbelin FICS, Director ITC Denmark, you realise how
passionate the team there is about educating young people in the
shipping industry and rewarding the worthy. Offering shipping
qualifications to all and awarding the deserving with further study
opportunities, they are the beacon of our Institute values.
"Jesper leads the Denmark International Teaching Centre
(ITC) and has been brilliant at integrating ICS materials and
programmes into the official Danish shipping education system and
apprenticeship schemes," says Matt Gilbert, Head of
Business and Partnerships, ICS.
Danish Shipbrokers and Port Operators has been an ITC of the
Institute since 1991. The ITC in Denmark provides information about
ICS TutorShip and manages the registration of students for the ICS
exams twice a year. On 01 January 2020, the Danish Shipbrokers'
Association merged with the port operators and became the Danish
Shipbrokers and Port Operators.
Every year, ITC Denmark awards one student from their 2-year
shipping business study programme with "the best student"
The prize winner for best student prize among the two 2019
classes completing in October 2021 has been announced as
Mikkel Bøgstrup. Mikkel is currently completing
his two-year shipping/chartering traineeship with Uni-Tankers in
The best student is judged on their social skills, such as their
ability to communicate, as well as their subject matter and
Mikkel says "I'm truly honoured to receive this prize, and
it was such a surprise when I was in a meeting and Jesper popped up
on the screen to congratulate me! I really enjoy the tanker
business but with this study, you get a broad understanding of the
breath of shipping and a deeper insight into all aspects of
maritime. It's the best of both worlds."
The prize given to Mikkel is participation in the Shipping
Business Course with ICS TutorShip, and the exam fee and the annual
study fees are all sponsored by Denmark ITC. "I am personally
pleased about this year's winner. After my presentation to his
class in February 2021, I had a Teams meeting with him about
further education. He was already considering ICS Tutorship among
other studies. This enthusiasm for learning more in shipping gives
me so much energy." Jesper Sebbelin FICS, Director ITC
The Denmark Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers was
founded in September 2010. Every year a considerable number of
students study with the Denmark Branch of the Institute to gain
further qualifications, and Branch activities are a mix of
educational and social, including seminars and similar events.
"As Chairman of the Denmark Branch, I fully support Jesper
and his initiative in introducing "the best student" award and
giving Tutorship study as a prize. I think it is a great way to
motivate shipping trainees to continue their education and at the
same become a part of the ICS family with all it benefits."
Palle Klug FICS, Chairman, ICS Denmark Branch.
The Branch has excellent links with the local shipping community
as well as the relevant maritime bodies and associations located in
Denmark. Members of the Denmark Branch are mainly ship agents and
shipbrokers, but other areas from the maritime industry such as
agency, ship owning, ship financing, and liner shipping are also
Jesper believes in long-term strategic alliances with
complementary business associations. The ITC reaches out to
teaching bodies in order to consistently develop best-practice and
Jesper Sebbelin FICS,
Director of the Denmark ITC
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