Shipbroking is globalised and operates around the clock. The business turnover is as high as hundreds of million dollars per year. It is a challenging job with substantial returns and practitioners have to be highly knowledgeable about their profession. Basically, a junior shipbroker is required to:
- possess a bachelor’s degree and shipping experience or the membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Note, or have received training in a ship chartering company, or possess experience in handling shipping operation in a shipping company;
- have an extensive knowledge of the specialised terminologies in maritime geography, chartering and maritime transport, as well as maritime law and contract law; and have a good understanding of the business cultures and philosophies of both eastern and western societies;
- be proficient in written Chinese and English and have a good command of spoken English and Putonghua; and
- have good communication skills.
Note: The ICS is an international organisation providing training for practitioners, from new recruits to experienced professionals. It organises professional qualifying examinations to assess the maritime knowledge of candidates. Candidates who have passed the examinations will be granted the ICS membership and will be recognised by the international maritime community. There are 25 branches under the ICS around the world. The one in Hong Kong is named the ICS Hong Kong Branch. For details, please visit the webpage of the ICS (www.ics.org.uk) and the webpage of the ICS Hong Kong Branch(www.ics.org.hk)