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With 90% of our staff employed onboard our vessels, their wellbeing, working conditions, and career opportunities are critical to our success.

Many of our seafarers begin their careers in one of our Cadet Programs and climb the ranks from there. Some join us after successful positions at other shipping companies. All seafarers at TORM enjoy industry-leading onboard working environments, shore support, shore leaves, compensation packages, and our company-wide focus on safety. TORM maintains its own dedicated Marine HR organization to attract and retain the best seafaring talent we can find. This helps us recruit the best fit for our team and provide them with learning and career development opportunities. TORM’s seafaring employee turnover is among the lowest in the industry.

Here Are Nine Benefits

Back-to-back and on-time vessel relief

Dedication to safety with strong principles

A focus on crew recreation such as entertainment facilities, fitness equipment, free internet, and chief cook training promoting tasty and nutritious meals

Well-being program “Well at TORM” helps crews engage mentally and physically

Star Bonus system for employees who excel at their work

Family carriage

Medical benefits for family members

Office job opportunities as part of your career progression

The One TORM platform keeps Commercial, Technical, and Crew Management in one organization

Programs at Sea

TORM is proud to contribute to the maritime industry's ongoing professionalization. In cooperation with leading maritime educational institutions, TORM's Cadet Program has enabled thousands of young men and women to acquire the qualifications needed to pursue rewarding careers at sea.

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From Deck Cadet to Captain of his own vessel

Roy P. Ascaño Jr., Captain

Captain Roy P. Ascaño Jr. began his career in TORM’s cadet program in 2006 and rose quickly through the ranks. He was promoted to 3rd Officer within a year, to 2nd Officer a year later, and then, after just five years in the company, to Chief Officer in 2011. Roy earned the rank of Master in 2016 and is now the highest-ranking officer aboard any TORM vessel he joins.

Roy P. Ascaño Jr., Captain

We caught up with Roy as his current vessel, the TORM Hellerup, was approaching the port of Huizhou in Southern China. After a 28-day voyage from the Mediterranean, he and his crew were waiting for their turn to dock at Guangdong Province’s busy harbor, so Roy was able to take a few minutes to share some details about his career at TORM.

“I had heard that TORM’s cadet program was good. I decided to try my luck and have never looked back.”

And what a journey it has been. “I had heard that TORM’s cadet program was good and that if you worked hard, there were good chances for advancement. So, I decided to try my luck there and have never looked back.”

As Master, Roy acts on behalf of the vessel’s owners as the vessel’s highest responsible officer and is accountable for all operations and safety aboard the vessel. Now, all the other officers onboard report to him, but it was not always like that.

For Roy, the best thing about working at TORM is the company’s career opportunities. “If you are ambitious,” says Roy, “you can reach your goals.”

Roy emphasizes that it takes hard work and the right mindset to move up the career ladder at TORM. But he also believes that the company’s officer development programs and dedicated maritime training department have provided a lot of important support for him and other aspiring officers.

“If you are ambitious, you can reach your goals.”

Now, in addition to his duties as captain, Roy also works part-time as an instructor in Manilla. The courses he teaches when ashore, including bridge team management and deck watchkeeping, help others move up the same ladder he has climbed.

A job dedicated to safety, crew welfare, and operational efficiency

As captain, Roy spends most of his working hours taking care of daily operations, safety, and crew welfare. Mornings are typically busy with communication with TORM offices in Denmark, Singapore and India. In the afternoons, he always checks in with officers on the bridge and makes his physical rounds around the deck. Here, the main emphasis is on following up on progress made against agreed tasks and projects, most of which are related to safety and operational efficiency.

Roy enjoys exercising before dinner as part of the daily crew wellness program and can often be found on his vessel’s basketball court when time allows. He thinks it is important to consider his crew’s psychological wellbeing, too, and makes a point to arrange movie nights and other group activities which contribute to a good social atmosphere onboard.

Like his crew, Roy stays in touch with his family and friends via the free internet connection available to everyone onboard. And while rotating between four-five months ashore and four-five months at sea is by no means always easy, it also has its advantages. When ashore, Roy enjoys exploring the beaches and resorts of his native Philippines together with his family.

Karan Kheman

Safety and wellbeing drive maintenance, operations – and careers

Karan Khemani, 2nd Engineer

Karan Khemani first learned about TORM while studying at the Tolani Maritime Institute in Mumbai, which supplies many graduates who pursue careers at TORM. After finishing his degree in marine engineering, Karan took a job in TORM’s cadet program and has never looked back.

Karan Khemani is a 2nd Engineer who was aboard TORM Valborg, one of TORM LR2 class of vessels, when we talked to him. Reporting to the Chief Engineer, Karan has daily responsibility for a team of five Engineers and two Sailors who keep everything mechanical on the 100,000 DWT product tanker running smoothly.

“Even if a colleague needs to do something as simple as climb a two-meter ladder, it is our job to make sure it happens according to the book.”

TORM’s safety culture means a lot to Karan and how he leads the crew’s daily tasks. “Safety is an extremely important part of maintenance and operations,” says Karan. “We have safety protocols for everything. Even if a colleague needs to do something as simple as climbing a two-meter ladder, it is our job to make sure it happens according to the book. What are the potential hazards? What can we do to mitigate risks? Should he be wearing a harness? If something does go wrong, what can we learn to improve our system so it does not happen again?”

The uncompromising focus on safety comes naturally to Karan after 10 years at TORM. “When I am on leave, I feel naked for the first few days without my helmet and earmuffs,” he laughs. “But onboard any TORM vessel, the system is the same. And when you operate as many vessels as TORM does, all of that collective focus on safety helps us to improve continually.”

In fact, one of the things that Karan likes most about TORM is its culture of continuous improvement. “TORM has been around for more than 130 years,” he explains “So, there are very robust policies and systems. The TORM culture is more geared toward finding solutions than assigning blame. Of course, everyone is accountable for what they do, but if something does not go according to plan, the first focus is on understanding why and what we can do to prevent that from happening again, not to point fingers.”

Measure what matters – including crew wellbeing

As a manager with direct reports, Karan also stresses the importance of the crew’s overall wellbeing. “TORM vessels are our workplace and our home for months at a time,” he says. “This gives officers a special responsibility to take care of not only the crew’s physical security but also their social and mental health and safety.

Our ‘Well at TORM’ initiative plays an important role here. Everyone on board is encouraged to get some exercise and socialize at the end of our shifts, and officers are incentivized to care. Making ‘Well at TORM’ a part of our culture and something that gets followed up on makes it happen consistently, and what happens consistently makes a big difference.”

“My crew’s security and their wellbeing are important parts of my performance appraisal, too.”

Officers at TORM are evaluated not only on operational and safety targets but also on how they deal with their juniors. “As a 2nd Engineer, only 20% of my appraisal is directly related to maintenance” says Karan. “The TORM culture places a lot of importance on personal leadership, safety, and how employees are doing, so my crew’s security and their wellbeing are important parts of my performance appraisal, too.”

Onshore Vessel Managers are also measured on how closely they stick to the work/life balance agreed with crews, for example, giving Vessel Managers a clear incentive to make sure shore leaves happen on time.

Karan has risen through the engineering ranks quickly and has his eyes firmly set on his next career goal: becoming a Chief Engineer. “TORM managers notice when someone has the spark. If you have the right attitude and work hard, this is recognized. And if you do that consistently, you have every opportunity to move up the career ladder.”

Unsolicited Applications

We are always interested in receiving unsolicited applications from candidates around the globe who share the same values as TORM. You can also connect with us using the contacts below.

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Southeast Europe

Seafarers from Southeast Europe (Croatia etc.) can connect with Zorovic Maritime Service:


Indian seafarers can connect with the recruitment team in India:


Danish and other nationalities can connect with the recruitment team in Denmark:


Philippine seafarers can connect with the recruitment team in the Philippines: