Careers related to the container-ship

As a leading worldwide container shipping Group, CMA CGM relies on a fleet of 489 container ships. Many professions, at land or at sea, are linked to the container-ship.

CMA CGM teams of experts work together to design, create, arm, equip and operate these ships, ensuring that the cargo they transport always reaches its destination, while keeping the crew and environment safe and preserved.

One container-ship, many careers

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Our CMA Ships subsidiary brings together all the branches of activity dealing with managing the vessel fleet and its crew members. They have a wide range of responsibilities: navigation, embarking our crews, technical maintenance, supplying spare parts and consumables, developing and implementing new building projects, etc....

Building and development


Experienced engineers and seafarers participate in the development of these leviathans. They optimise ship design taking into account its commercial, safety, and environmental protection functions, recommend inspections, and manage purchasing issues, maintenance and repairs to be performed.



Experienced officers and key personnel, the Captain, Chief Officer, and Chief Engineer conduct the ship's commercial operations both through its sailing and its mechanical operations. The other crew members take care of daily life on board and the ship's maintenance (Chef, Steward, seamen, etc.).



To ship our customers' cargo, our fleet needs fuel and port services such as pilotage, moorage, towing, and crane operations, but also provisions and consumables for those who live onboard. Our buyers, specialists in their field, negotiate with suppliers all over the world.

Come and join our ‘superintendent’ experts at CMA SHIPS!

Perfectly at ease aboard vessels and knowing them like the back of their hand, CMA SHIPS superintendent experts are former seafarers who grew up within engine rooms and shipyards.

Their mission today? To maintain vessels in good condition of seaworthiness and guarantee their technical performance according to the highest standards of naval engineering (certificates, international rules, consumption, dry docks, etc.).

Based in Marseille as part of our CMA SHIPS subsidiary, these experts also move around the globe to get closer to the CMA CGM Group’s naval fleet (our industrial facilities) and to the crews, providing support and expertise to them.

They are our "Engineer Superintendent". They are men and women, sea lovers, fascinated by shipping and individuals for whom vessels have no more secrets.

Does this sound familiar to you? Then join CMA CGM Group’s teams of experts!

Testimony: "...the pleasure to evolve in a multicultural and ever-changing environment..."



Fleet Manager (graduated ENSM Marseille)

“Following my maritime studies (DESMM), I took advantage of my knowledge and perfected them by navigating on all types of vessels during 10 years.

In 2006, my desire to find a position on the ground naturally conducted me to CMA CGM, a company in constant progress, key actor of the shipping industry with an international dimension.

The group offers rich, diverse and challenging opportunities, at the Head Office based in Marseilles but also through its network of agencies all over the world.

One of the numerous assets, is the pleasure to evolve in a multicultural environment; jobs require to make swift decisions while following the Group strategy. This makes work challenging and fascinating.

CMA CGM relies on a fleet of more 400 container ships and possesses 176 recent ones, endowed with last generation’s equipment, optimized for consumption, performance while polluting less.

Within CMA SHIPS, subsidiary of CMA CGM, I take up challenges bound to maintenance and performance of container ships, surrounded with structured departments, such as:

• The New building department which follows all the vessels’ construction since the plans until the delivery.

• The Innovation and Technology department which ensures the technological monitoring, studies and realizes projects regarding new regulations taking into account its commercial, safety, and environmental protection functions.

• The Safety, Security and Environment department

• The Dry Dock department which follows technical breaks scheduled in dry dock; more than 50 stops are planned only for 2017

• The Human Resources Department which manages crew members

• The Purchasing Department which manages the supply of goods to be delivered all over the world

These departments which bring their support and expertise to fleets constituted by Engineer Superintendant and technical assistants make container ships navigating through seas and oceans of the world, by respecting strict schedules, but also by respecting the environment and the security of its seafarers.

Joining CMA CGM means actively participating in the growth of this tremendous company, surrounded by motivated staff members”.