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The OSCAR Campaign

Oscar Parry, front centre, with team members at the annual OSCAR Dragon Boat Race

The OSCAR campaign (The Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children’s Health and Research) is an innovative fundraising partnership uniting the international shipping community to raise funds at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH).

Background of the OSCAR campaign
The campaign is the inspiration of Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker, whose son Oscar received life-saving care at GOSH. Oscar had leukaemia twice and endured three transplants before being cured by some pioneering research.

Since its inception in 2011, the OSCAR campaign raised over £2million, helping to refurbish vital facilities at the hospital, and funding pioneering research into childhood cancers and immune diseases at GOSH and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

One of the biggest fundraisers for the OSCAR Campaign is the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race, held in London every September. Find out more here:

Phil Parry, Chairman, Spinnaker

“Thanks to a lot of great people in shipping, the OSCAR Campaign has raised more than £2 million to help advance the work of the leading children’s bone marrow transplant and cellular medicine experts.

The simplest way to describe what we fund is ‘lab bench to bedside’ medicine – treatments that weren’t available yesterday, which may save children’s lives today and go on to save more lives tomorrow from what we learn. That’s how Oscar himself was saved – the treatment pioneered on him is now routinely used to save others.

It’s incredible – we are now able to use patients’ own immune systems to target their cancers. It’s like taking off the cancer brakes and enabling patients’ cells to re-see the cancer. A new ‘OSCAR Research Fellow’ will develop this work. It needs to be rolled out for more diseases and constantly adapted to an evolving enemy.

OSCAR funds are crucial to this work. Without them, there would be no new research fellow and the Great Ormond Street BMT team’s ability to disseminate its work worldwide, train its team and learn from the work of others would be severely restricted.”

Phil Parry, OSCAR Chair

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HSE Trainer, Offshore, 6 - 9 months contract, Middle East

Spinnaker is on the search for an Offshore Performance Coach for a contract position in the Middle East. You must be based in the UAE to apply as there are current visa restrictions due to Covid 19.

Within this role, you will coach and monitor crew and observe crew performance as defined by company systems, processes, procedures, policies. You will ensure international operational regulations and safety standards are upheld at all times.

You will attend offshore vessel performance visits and produce reports for senior management, summarising the significant findings. You will also develop the vessel senior management team.

To be suitable for this position you will ideally have experience as a Master Mariner with for OSVs and experience in training, assessing and developing crew.

You must have well-developed interpersonal/communication skills and be highly motivated and self-driven.


Spinnaker are working on a fantastic new opportunity with an international ship management company. We are assisting them in finding a Paralegal to join their London office.
In this role you will be assisting the ship finance department including the Head of Legal. You will be dealing with day to day transactions of new and existing ship finance – including drafting, reviewing and amending documents and the organisation of files.
The successful candidate will need to possess a English law degree or conversion course and 2 years’ experience as a Paralegal or Junior Lawyer in either shipping, aviation, real estate, rail or asset finance.
This is a great opportunity to be part of a well established shipping company in London, please apply today or call Hayley Menere for more information.

Marine Engineer Surveyor, Shanghai

Spinnaker is searching for a Marine Engineer Surveyor to work with a client of ours based in Shanghai.

Your roles and responsibilities will include:
• Investigations and assessment concerning marine engineering;
• carrying out surveys and writing up reports;
• provide advice and support to clients;
• assist in marketing activities;
• assist in business development initiatives.

Suitable candidates should:
• Have Chief Engineer CoC;
• have shorebased experience, preferably within a ship management company;
• have experience working with tankers, bulk carriers and/or containers;
• have surveying experience (preferable).

Candidates should be able to speak English to a good level.

If this sounds ideal for you, please apply now!

Dry Bulk Operator, Greece

Spinnaker is currently partnered with a growing dry bulk owner/operator in Greece who is looking to recruit an experienced Dry Bulk Operator.

The key responsibilities for this role are:

· Responsible for ensuring the vessel’s voyage is performed efficiently and ensuring costs are kept to a minimum;

· calculating and preparing hire statements;

· arranging and managing any advance payments from charterers and final settlements when the voyage is complete;

· being in charge of a vessel or fleet and be involved with tasks such as post fixture, bunker intakes and agency appointments;

· liaising with insurers and P&I.

The perfect candidate would have 5+ years of commercial operations experience within a similar set-up, be fluent in both Greek and English and be based in Athens.

Controller, Lubeck

Spinnaker has partnered with an international shipowner and operator, for the hire of a Controller, to join them in their Lübeck office.

Working in a collaborative manner with internal departments, you will prepare technical, commercial and monetary analysis and reports, allowing for full transparency and the ability for the fleet department to reach timely decisions. With a business-focused mindset, you will value the importance of data quality and further development of reporting.

Seeking an individual with a high affinity for numbers/data, an analytical mindset, an open personality and a hands-on approach. Seeking driven and independent professionals, with excellent communication skills.

Candidates must be fluent in English. German language skills would be advantageous.

Excellent knowledge of MS Office, especially Excel, is essential for this position. Candidates must have working experience within the shipping sector, alternatively an understand or base knowledge of the industry.

Interested? Apply today, to begin discussions.

Marine Superintendent, Bulk, Germany

Spinnaker is on the search for a Marine Superintendent for our client based in Germany.

Within this role, your responsibilities will include:
• Coordinate and control the fleet maintenance system;
• coordinate all necessary maintenance and repairs;
• budgeting and purchasing functions;
• liaising with classification societies, flag states and stakeholders.

You will work closely with the commercial departments globally and travel to vessels when required.

Suitable candidates will have sailed up to a senior rank, have experience in a similar position and have worked with bulk carriers.

Please note EU working entitlement is essential.

If you feel this is the perfect role for you, please apply now!

Technical Superintendent, Tankers, Denmark

Spinnaker is currently recruiting for a Technical Superintendent to work with a client of ours, a globally renowned shipping company based in Denmark.

Within this role, you will be directly responsible for 3-5 tanker vessels and will report directly to the Technical Director.

Your responsibilities will include:
• Managing all technical matters for the vessels (budgets, preparations for inspections, etc.);
• ensure all vessels comply with rules and regulations and have up to date certifications;
• manage all repairs and planned maintenance processes;
• collaborating with stakeholders.

Suitable candidates should have:
• Experience working as a Technical Superintendent;
• background in Marine Engineering or Naval Architecture;
• the ability to speak/write both English and Danish fluently.

Candidates should ideally already be based in Denmark and be willing to travel for this role.

If this sounds ideal for you, please apply now!

Contract Review Claims Manager, London

Spinnaker has been given the opportunity to work with an international P&I club. We are seeking a Contract Review Lawyer to join their busy London office.

This role will involve reviewing of contracts, including non-poolable agreements, legal contracts and standard insurance contracts.

The company offers a relaxed, collaborative non-corporate environment and are open to flexible working.

The successful candidate could either be foreign or UK qualified lawyers from 1 PQE, or a non-qualified candidate that has at least 3 years contract review experience.

You must also have contract review experience gained within a P&I club.

If this is the opportunity for you, then please apply today!

Operations Superintendent, Singapore

Spinnaker is working with a world-leading ship owner who is looking to recruit an Operations Superintendent to be based in Singapore.

The ideal candidate for this role will be someone who has experience with LPG, Tankers or Chemical and it is essential that you have sailed as a Chief Mate.

You will advise and assist the Master in the preparation for terminal inspections, support the Chartering with all pre and post-fixture operations and monitor vessel progress during voyages.

You will ensure there is sufficient bunker to perform voyages and arrange de-slopping if required. You will be responsible for ensuring the vessel is ready to load the nominated cargo, time-chartered vessels comply with requirements and warranties and arrange weather routing advice as necessary.

If you are interested in this role then please apply today.

HSE Superintendent (OSV Fleet), Middle East

A leading offshore vessel owner is looking for an HSE Superintendent to join their team in the Middle East.

In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring the safety and compliance of a fleet of offshore support DP2 vessels. You will monitor vessels performance offshore and assist crews in meeting the required standard.

The right candidate will have sailed as Master with OSVs, have previous shorebased HSE experience with OSVs and have a working knowledge of SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, PSC and Flag/Class states.

Please click on the ‘Apply Now’ tab below if you are interested and match the above requirements.

Tonnage Broker, Dubai

A world-leading chartering firm is looking for a Dry Broker to join their team in Dubai.

With a great reputation and a well-established, vast network of clients, our client is looking for a presentable individual that can create an immediate positive impression and provide continued service to their customers.

To be successful in this role you will need to have a personable manner and be able to adapt quickly to your new environment to maintain the service that is being provided. Previous experience in broking is a pre-requisite alongside an understanding or background in operations.

On top of your basic salary, you will receive commission, as well as housing allowance and an annual bonus. Relocation assistance will also be provided to the successful candidate if you are not already living in Dubai.

HSEQ Engineer, Tankers, Middle East

Spinnaker is currently seeking an HSEQ Engineer to work with one of our clients, a world-leading shipowner based in the Middle East.

Your role will be to ensure that the vessels are managed and operated to the highest standards in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and in accordance with Safety & Quality Management Systems.

Suitable candidates for this role will have:
• Experience as a Chief Engineer;
• auditing experience;
• HSEQ experience;
• experience working with tankers

If this role sounds like it could suit you, please apply now!

Digital Marketing Executive, Oxford

Spinnaker is working with a service provider of consultancy services to the maritime industry, to find their Digital Marketing Executive.

As a stand-alone role, you will be working with the Managing Director and other internal stakeholders to devise the strategy. You will also be responsible for executing the strategic vision.

It is a role offered on a part-time, flexible basis in Oxfordshire.

Our client is looking for someone to bring their digital marketing skills with them but someone that can also demonstrate a clear and passionate understanding of the benefits and impact that marketing can have.

Your aim for this company is to continue building on the organisation employer brand, recruitment and retention efforts as well as driving lead generation and overall brand awareness.

Learning the market, you will analyse data to target the correct audiences, working with in-house analysts to create content, in the form of blog and articles purely for this purpose.

To be a successful hire you will have experience within a marketing role is a must.

We are looking to speak to you if you have experience in using platforms such as Hubspot, as well as other sales and marketing system for reporting segmentation and email marketing. This includes experience with Google Analytics and Google Ads.

You will also be able to tell us about your understanding of PR, as you will be putting together forums and events.

We want to know how you have created, planned and delivered on marketing strategies.

Tell us about your creative flair with examples of engaging social content you have created.

Help us to understand the analytical skills that you have used to consolidate and explain customer and campaign data turning it into a value proposition.

Interested? Apply now.

Credit Risk Analyst, Hamburg

Spinnaker has partnered with a leading independent provider of due diligence, credit reporting and risk management consultancy services, to the maritime, energy and commodities trading industry, for the hire of an experienced Credit Risk Analyst in Hamburg.

This position will see you provide a portfolio of maritime, energy, and commodity trading clients with targeted research and counterparty risk assessment services. You will see you focus on researching, analysing and preparing profile reports.

A successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, a good financial mindset and be proactive and assertive. You will be business-focused with a strong commercial understanding.
Able to work independently, you will and form insightful opinions, produce structured qualitative reports and maintain contact with clients and market sources worldwide.

Candidates must be based in Hamburg with full working entitlement, as relocation or sponsorship is not provided.

Interested further? Apply today!

Operations Manager, Houston

Spinnaker is seeking an Operations Manager to be based in Houston USA, with a worldwide leading operator of dry bulk vessels.

Your key tasks will involve planning bunkering, liaising with the vessel & port agents, providing voyage instructions and preparing relevant cargo documentation.

Ideally, you will have experience with a diverse range of dry cargoes and vessel sizes and understanding the related risks, possess a good understanding of charter parties in order to take responsibility for all commercial, operational and post-fixture matters.

The ideal candidate should have 3 to 4 years’ experience operating dry bulk vessels and be confident in their abilities.

To be successful for this role you will need US working entitlement

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply.

Shorebased jobs from Spinnaker

Since 1997 we’ve been helping candidates in the shipping industry take the next step in their careers. 

Our specialisms: 

Chartering & shipbroking
Insurance underwriting & broking
Legal & claims
Marine & technical
Operation / Post fixtures
Research & analysis
Sales & marketing

Our clients: shipowners, shipmanagers, brokers, energy and oil companies, operators, bunker traders, charterers, law firms, insurers, P&I clubs, consultants, commodity groups, ports and terminal operators, ship registries, maritime security companies, marine software providers and equipment manufacturers, technical service providers, professional bodies, ship agencies and classification societies.

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We provide the most comprehensive and reliable worldwide annual survey of shore-based and seagoing salaries.

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About us

Spinnaker are your maritime people experts


At Spinnaker, we build relationships. For over 20 years we have established great connections with maritime people; individuals, companies, organisations and industry bodies. We get to know our candidates. We visit our clients. We provide our members with unique insights. We take our reputation very seriously, and we partner with some of the most respected names in the industry.

This means you can rest assured we spend the time to get to know you.

Industry knowledge

Maritime is our business. We know this industry inside out. Founded by shipping people, we’ve been immersed in the industry since we launched in the 90s. Whether it’s maritime law, P&I, operations, technical maritime, shipping finance or sales, we understand. Our team are talking to the decision makers within the industry every day, so are on top of the issues within shipping as they happen.

This means we totally understand you, your business and your market.


Since 1997 we have been building our global network. Our team travel the world to meet our clients, candidates and contacts in person. Our monthly HR and recruitment newsletter has a global readership of 40,000, our website receives healthy traffic as one of the largest online sources of shore-based shipping jobs, and we have a strong presence on social media. Wherever you are in the world, we’re connected.

This all means we have an unrivalled network that we can tap into for you.

Culture fit

Whether you’re a candidate applying for one of our roles or a business owner making a hire, we know how important company culture is in the recruitment process. There are different ways of understanding a business culture – like getting to know a client through regular communication, visiting the workplace and building a picture that we can promote to prospective new hires. We also offer team personality profiling so that the landscape of a business can be fully understood – where skills gaps lie and how different personalities can support and complement each other.

This means we are not only looking at skills and competencies of candidates, but we will be looking for that all important personality and culture fit for you.


Spinnaker are the specialists within a niche specialism – maritime. It’s our business to make sure we’re the experts within this ever-changing industry. It can be difficult to understand maritime unless you’re in it, this means that you’re in safe hands to help your business, whether it’s through recruitment, search, salary benchmarking or leadership training.

Diversity champions

Spinnaker has long been a champion of diversity and inclusion within the shipping industry. Managing Director Teresa Peacock is on the board of WISTA UK, she is part of the Women in Maritime Taskforce, and sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Work. Karen Waltham, Managing Director, is also part of the Women in Maritime Taskforce and has led significant research into the gender pay gap via our salary benchmarking. Spinnaker partners with Diversity & Ability (DnA) which supports cultural shifts in the workplace to allow everyone of all backgrounds and abilities to thrive. In 2019 Spinnaker was awarded Maritime UK’s Diversity Award.

So you know when it comes to diversity and inclusion we can confidently support you.


Since 2005 Spinnaker has been benchmarking global maritime salaries, ensuring best practice within the industry. Spinnaker is secretariat to two benchmarking associations; the Maritime HR Association for shore-based salaries, and the Seafarer Employers’ Association. With over 150 members involved, Spinnaker has access to truly unique data within the industry. Spinnaker has a team of data professionals who exclusively handle the salary data, distributing it to members and producing reports to comment on industry trends.

This means you have access to up to date information that is credible and reliable.

Trust & integrity

Spinnaker’s reputation has been built on a solid foundation of trust with our network. When we embark on a relationship with a new client, whether it’s for recruitment, search, salary benchmarking or our bespoke HR products, we pride ourselves on our reliability, discretion, and integrity. We’re dealing with potentially sensitive situations – perhaps we’re assisting with succession planning and need to execute the utmost subtlety, or we are handling large amounts of very confidential salary data. We have been a trusted partner for many of maritime’s most influential companies since 1997, and our reputation is something we take very seriously.

So, you can rest easy with confidence in our discretion.

Tangible results

We don’t just say the right words – we deliver. Some of our clients have used us to recruit their top talent for over twenty years. Our salary benchmarking members renew their memberships year after year. The feedback we get on our maritime people services are humbling and make us very proud of the work we do. The testimonials from our network speak for themselves.

So you know you are using a proven service.


Spinnaker can provide proactive alerts and intelligence on changes in the industry, and fast. We know who’s moving job within the market. With our salary data we can provide real-time intelligence. We screen candidates quickly and efficiently. Our recruitment consultants work in teams to ensure continuity and speed of service.

We’re fully tapped into the market, meaning you won’t get left behind.


At Spinnaker, we’re proud to support charities in our social activities. From bike rides to bake-offs, we can often be found fundraising for charities such as Sailors’ Society, Seafarers UK, Mission to Seafarers, Apostleship of the Sea, Alzheimer’s UK, and many more. 

Spinnaker is also a supporter of the OSCAR (The Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children’s Health and Research) Campaign for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Founded by Spinnaker Chairman Phil Parry, the OSCAR Campaign is named after Phil’s son Oscar, who received life-saving care from GOSH at a very young age. 

Every September, Spinnaker hosts the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race in London, which brings together the shipping community to fundraise for the campaign. Since 2013, the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race has been a big date in the maritime social calendar, often bringing 500 industry people together to race on the Thames. In 2019 the 6th annual race raised £155,000 in a single day, bringing the total raised for the OSCAR Campaign to over £2million. 

The 2019 OSCAR Dragon Boat teams

The money raised goes directly to live research into childhood cancers, helping saving the lives of other children just like Oscar. Find out more about the OSCAR Campaign at

CV advice

Your CV is your personal advertisement. Together with a covering letter, it gives you an opportunity to sell yourself and impress a potential employer.

Always remember that the employer may have another 50 CVs in the in-tray. Lots of CVs don’t even get read because they are too long, too boring and badly laid out. You need to make your CV stand out from that pile. Make it easy to read!

The 7 golden rules for your CV

  1. Start with a summary
  2. Keep it short 
  3. Keep it logical and include clear headings for the following sections:
    • Employment history
    • Education history/qualifications
    • Languages – state whether basic, proficient or fluent
    • Computer literacy
    • Professional memberships and offices held
    • References
  4. Always check for spelling mistakes or grammatical errors
  5. Always include a short factual summary at the very beginning. This grabs the reader’s attention within the first 10 seconds of reading your CV. Don’t use clichés such as ‘I work well on my own and as part of a team’
  6. Your CV should be no more than 2 pages in length. Including every detail will take attention away from important information
  7. Lay out your CV neatly. Don’t use formatted boxes or tables – many employers have HR software that stores CV in plain text format. If you use tables, the text is often stored in the wrong order. 

Interview advice

Spinnaker’s top 7 tips on job interviews:

  1. Do your homework
    The one thing employers can’t stand is someone who turns up for interview without researching their company on their website and in any published documents such as annual reports and accounts.

  2. Read the job spec
    Think about the tasks and responsibilities listed and then make a list of examples of achievements in your past (work and non-work) that prove your ability to do those tasks.

  3. Know who you’re meeting
    Make sure you know who you will be meeting (it may be more than one person), their job titles and their relevance to the role you have applied for. 

  4. Dress to impress
    Dress smartly for the interview. Be conservative. Like it or not, books are judged by their cover! Look your best and show the interviewer that you’re the perfect fit for the organisation. 

  5. Learn your CV
    While it’s important to fully understand the job spec, it’s also essential to be able to explain what’s on your CV: why your experience is relevant, your work history, why you left previous jobs, what your ambitions are, and what you’re like as a person. 

  6. Be interested
    Be ready to ask questions about the company, the role, the working culture, and the career opportunities. You’re selling yourself, yes, but the employer is also selling the opportunity to you. Have some questions mapped out in advance and don’t be afraid to take notes with you so you don’t forget anything. 

  7. Close the sale
    Sell yourself! Talk about your achievements, and examples where you’ve performed well. Quote relevant numbers – profits made, budgets met, targets achieved and money saved. Give examples of how you’ve managed people if that’s relevant to you. 

Personality profiling

Personality profiling from Spinnaker

Spinnaker uses a unique personality profiling tool designed specifically for the modern workplace, bringing it to the maritime world. Unlike tests which put people into prescribed boxes, Facet5 measures people on the five facets of their personality.

The facets are:

  1. Will (determination, assertiveness, independence)
  2. Energy (enthusiasm, sociability, involvement)
  3. Affection (openness, sincerity, warmth, generosity)
  4. Control (structure, order, self-discipline)
  5. Emotionality (stress tolerance, confidence, emotional state)

The fifth facet, emotionality, can be especially insightful in maritime, an industry where people can be in high-pressure, potentially dangerous situations. Stress tolerance can be measured here, which addresses risk management. Although Facet5’s main factors are distinct sets of character traits, they are made up of a number of sub-facets, so an individual will be able to see how much of each of the factors and sub-factors are inherent in their personality.

Spinnaker offers Facet5 profiling at an individual level, but also can provide company-wide team reviews; once enough individuals within an organisation have been profiled, it becomes possible to pool their data and consider the behavioural patterns that may emerge. Imagine you could gain insight into how likely an organisation is to address conflict? Or to work together? Or support and trust each other?

Find out more about our personality profiling products here.