Erlend Holberg Appointed as New Secretary General of YoungShip International

We are thrilled to announce that Erlend Holberg has been appointed as the new Secretary General of YoungShip International. Erlend brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic perspective to this role, as an active member since 2017 and recently served on the board of YoungShip Oslo since 2022. Throughout his tenure in the YSO Board, Erlend has showcased exceptional leadership as the Head of Projects, where he spearheaded the successful hosting of Young @ Nor-Shipping in 2023.

With an education from NHH, several years in Wilhelmsen and currently employed at Kongsberg Digital, Erlend's professional background aligns seamlessly with the mission and values of YoungShip International. Known for his social nature, inclusive and creative mindset, and unwavering drive, Erlend embodies the essence of our organization's commitment to fostering global connectivity and professional development within the maritime industry.

Upon his appointment, Erlend expressed his thoughts. "I am both humble, proud, and thankful," he said. "Humble for the trust vested in me. Proud of the efforts and deliveries we have provided over the last years in the Board of YSO. Finally I am thankful for the opportunity given to explore new arenas for the organization, interact with international members and partners, assist in supporting current and new ventures, along with collaborating with the Board of YSI. I want to extend a special thank you to Lene and the current Board of YSI whom have ensured safe passage throughout the past years."

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the outgoing Secretary General, Lene Osen Osnes, for her dedicated service over the past two years. Lene's contributions have been invaluable in advancing the mission of YoungShip International, and we wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

As we embark on this new chapter with Erlend at the helm, we are confident that his vision, passion, and international perspective will propel YoungShip International to even greater heights in the coming years.

Successful launch of YoungShip Bangladesh

We are thrilled to announce the official launch of YoungShip Bangladesh, as the 37th department of YoungShip International and its 6th department in Asia. This is a proud moment for us as it opened a new chapter of innovation and growth in the maritime industry! 

Hosted grandly at the Westin Dhaka on February 25th, 2024, this launch event was a resounding success, thanks to the generous support of valued sponsors: Interport Group, VISCO Logistics, and Doria Shipping. Their contribution played a pivotal role in making this milestone event truly remarkable.

Inaugurated by esteemed Chief Guest, Syed Ershad Ahmed, President of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Bangladesh, and graced by the presence of Commodore Syed Ariful Islam, BN (Retd.), Former Director General of the Department of Shipping, Bangladesh, as the Special Guest, the launch event was truly distinguished.

The program also featured Honorary Board Advisors of YoungShip Bangladesh, including Engr. Obaidullah Ibne Bashir, Engineer & Ship Surveyor & Examiner at the Department of Shipping, and Halima Begum, Associate Professor at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University (BSMRMU), who spoke at the occasion.

Additionally, Honorary Board Advisors Sarwar Jahan, Deputy Managing Director of SR Shipping, and Moinul Islam, Director of TYSERS Risk Management Bangladesh Ltd, graced the occasion with their presence.
President and Founder of YoungShip Bangladesh, Tanjil Ahmed Ruhullah, delivered an impassioned speech outlining his vision for YoungShip Bangladesh, introducing the founding Board Members and emphasizing their commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering innovation and sustainability in the maritime industry.

With doors wide open for membership, YoungShip Bangladesh eagerly awaits young professionals passionate about the maritime industry to join the department as they set sail towards a promising and exciting 2024. Together, let's embark on this thrilling voyage of growth, collaboration, and impact!

YoungShip Annual Report 2023

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We are excited to share YoungShip's Annual Report for 2023. This year, despite global challenges, YoungShip demonstrated strength and resilience by continuing to support young professionals in the maritime industry. We proudly inaugurated two new departments in Bangladesh and the Philippines, expanding our global footprint to 37 departments. Our unwavering commitment to promoting knowledge exchange, networking, and career advancement among our members remains at the forefront of our mission. Discover more about our activities, achievements, and milestones throughout the year in the report. Here's to navigating the shifting currents of the global landscape together and to continued growth and influence in the maritime industry in the years ahead.

Click here to read the Annual Report 2023

Want to be the new Secretary General of YoungShip International?

Are you a motivated and independent professional with an interest in the maritime industry, and able to commit to a part-time position?

YoungShip International, a professional non-profit organization for young individuals in the global maritime industry, is actively seeking a Secretary General. Founded in Norway in 2004, YoungShip's network now spans 37 departments worldwide with over 5000 members. We are dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the maritime industry among our members and promoting young entrepreneurs focused on environmental challenges, social responsibility, and green technology innovation.

As Secretary General, you will be at the helm of our organization's administration, responsible for delivering on commitments to our partners, supporting our 37 global departments, and actively promoting the maritime industry.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong interest in the industry, characterized by independence, proactivity, rapid learning, and technical acumen. Excellent communication skills are essential, and therefore full English proficiency is a requirement.

The Secretary General will be based in Norway – preferably Oslo and must be self-employed (enkeltmannsforetak), working under a service agreement. The position is flexible, with services provided on an hourly basis, estimated to be a 30% role. The Secretary General will work closely with the YoungShip International board and maintain regular communication with the President.

The position is available from March 2024, with an expected commitment of 2 years.

To apply, please send a concise application along with your CV to by January 17, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

For any queries, visit or send an email to

Charting New Waters: The Official Launch of YoungShip Philippines


We are thrilled to announce the official launch of YoungShip Philippines, which marked its beginning with a grand kickoff reception this December. 

This noteworthy event was a collaborative effort with their esteemed partners, the Norwegian Training Center and Odfjell. The event was marked by enthusiastic participation and gave attendees a chance to experience the simulators used for cadet training at the Norwegian Training Center.


YoungShip Philippines is now officially open for membership. We are eager to welcome young professionals interested in the maritime industry as we look forward to a promising and exciting 2024.

Join us on this exciting voyage. Welcome aboard YoungShip Philippines!

Young Corporation Award 2023

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The Young Corporation Award was established in 2012 with the aim of recognizing and celebrating exemplary employers who demonstrate a commitment to nurturing and developing young talent. This initiative not only acknowledges the efforts made by these companies but also serves as an inspiration for other organizations to enhance their focus on the growth and development of young individuals.

The Young Corporation Award is presented annually during ShipCon. This year, the award was given to Van Ameyde Krogius for their commitment to nurturing young talent.

Providing opportunities to the youth is evident through the substantial number of young professionals they have brought on board, fortified in the workforce and by that contributing to the development of the next generation of industry leaders.

What sets them apart is their proactive approach to also provide the younger workforce with the opportunity the represent the company. These individuals, despite their age, consistently serve as ambassadors for Van Ameyde Marine in general, and in this case for Van Ameyde Krogius more specifically in various capacities. Whether it is participating in industry events, engaging with clients, or showcasing their expertise.

Our biggest congratulations to Van Ameyde Krogius!

ShipCon 2023: Setting Sail in Helsinki!

We are thrilled to report the outstanding success of ShipCon 2023, YoungShip's annual conference, hosted this year by YoungShip Helsinki in the beautiful city of Helsinki, Finland. This event brought together maritime enthusiasts from across the globe, and we're excited to share with you some of the highlights and key takeaways from this remarkable gathering.

Focusing on the Future of Maritime

ShipCon 2023 was not just another conference; it was a gathering of minds committed to shaping the future of the maritime industry. With a spotlight on the theme of "Future-Proofing the Maritime Sector," our conference explored critical aspects such as environmental impact, leadership, design, and technology.

Nordic Sustainability Leadership

The Finnish maritime cluster has earned a well-deserved reputation as a sustainability pioneer, continually developing new technologies and green innovations. At ShipCon 2023, we delved deep into the Nordic knowledge and explored how it can be harnessed to reduce emissions worldwide. The discussions were insightful, highlighting the importance of international collaboration to drive change in the maritime industry.

Smart Shipping and Innovation

In the era of digitalization and artificial intelligence, it's crucial to explore how these technologies can make shipping smarter and more energy-efficient. Our conference sparked thought-provoking conversations on leveraging digital solutions and AI to address the challenges faced by the maritime sector, making it more resilient and future-ready.

Inspiring the Next Generation

One of the key objectives of ShipCon 2023 was to encourage young individuals to choose careers in the maritime field. We recognize the need to secure a knowledgeable workforce for the future. Through engaging discussions and presentations, we explored ways to attract and retain young talent, ensuring that the maritime industry continues to thrive.

Looking Forward

As we conclude ShipCon 2023, we extend our heartfelt thanks to YoungShip Helsinki for their exceptional organization, our esteemed speakers and panelists for their insights, and all attendees for their active participation. Together, we are shaping a brighter and more sustainable future for the maritime industry.

We eagerly anticipate future YoungShip events and the continued growth of our global network. Stay tuned for more exciting updates, knowledge-sharing opportunities, and collaborations within our maritime community.

Once again, thank you for making ShipCon 2023 a resounding success. We look forward to seeing you all at our future events and conferences.

Driving Maritime Sustainability: YoungShip at Arendalsuka


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Last week, YoungShip International made a notable appearance at Norway's prominent political event, "Arendalsuka". This event stands as a significant forum for political discussions, bringing together leaders across various sectors.

Our Secretary General, Lene Osen Osnes, was a key contributor to a panel discussion on green shipping, an event hosted by Maritime CleanTech. Her participation effectively underscored the younger generation's commitment to advancing a sustainable future within the maritime sector.

We extend our appreciation to our industry peers for their insightful contributions and collaborative spirit in shaping a greener path forward for the maritime industry. The event highlighted the collective effort and shared vision for a brighter future, where sustainable practices are paramount.

YoungShip International 2023-2024

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YoungShip International concluded its Annual General Meeting on June 7th, announcing the elected board members for the 2023-2024 term. Keshia Janssens continues as President, while Hanna Donning succeeds Philippos Ioulianou as the new Vice President. Joining the board are Einar Antoine Ørn Michel as Treasurer, Andreas Christoforou (President of YoungShip Cyprus), and Natalie Le Nguyen (Chair of YoungShip Oslo). The new additions enhance international representation and enable YoungShip to better serve its diverse membership. With a dynamic board, YoungShip International is set to create opportunities, foster collaborations, and contribute to the global maritime industry's development.

YoungShip International Board Gathers in Oslo for Nor-Shipping

Last week, the YoungShip International Board convened in Oslo, Norway to attend the highly anticipated Nor-Shipping week. As one of the largest maritime gatherings in the world, Nor-Shipping brought together industry professionals, innovators, and young talent to explore the latest trends and developments in the shipping sector.


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The YoungShip International Board, comprising young professionals and future leaders in the maritime industry, gathered in Oslo to participate in a series of engaging conferences, events, and networking opportunities. The week commenced with the opening ceremony held on Monday in the grand town hall, where the secretary general of YoungShip International, Lene Osen Osnes, had the honor of presenting the coveted Young Entrepreneur Award. The deserving winner of this prestigious accolade was Christina Aleixendri Munos, the visionary mind behind Bound4Blue.


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Continuing the celebration of talent and achievement, Monday also witnessed the unveiling of the "10 Women to Watch in Shipping" hosted by YoungShip Oslo in collaboration with WISTA Norway. The distinguished list included two remarkable members of the YoungShip International board - Lene Osen Osnes and Amalie Melsom. Furthermore, the list showcased the accomplishments of Michela Sasdelli, our former secretary general, and Nitzeria Watson Stewart from YoungShip Panama, demonstrating the global impact of YoungShip's network.


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Throughout the week, attendees had the opportunity to engage in a plethora of captivating conferences, events, and parties. Of particular note were the exceptional events organized by YoungShip Oslo, which provided valuable insights and networking opportunities for young professionals in the maritime industry. These events fostered a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere, facilitating the exchange of ideas and forging new connections.


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The success of Nor-Shipping was also attributed to the hard work and dedication of the organizing team. The Nor-Shipping team exhibited exemplary organizational skills, ensuring a seamless experience for participants throughout the week. The event's comprehensive program catered to a wide range of interests, covering topics such as sustainability, digitalization, and future-proofing the industry.


In conclusion, Nor-Shipping 2023 proved to be a remarkable event for the maritime community, and the YoungShip International Board's active participation further solidified their commitment to shaping the future of the industry. The recognition of young talent through the Young Entrepreneur Award and the celebration of women's contributions in shipping exemplify YoungShip's dedication to promoting excellence and diversity in the maritime sector. YoungShip Oslo's unwavering efforts to create an engaging and fruitful experience for young professionals further contributed to the event's success. With sincere appreciation, kudos are extended to the Nor-Shipping team for their exceptional execution, ensuring that the week-long event was nothing short of outstanding