We in-house operate high quality fulfilment equipment like hammers, upending tools, generators and ILT’s in order to work as efficient as possible.

SHL as an Employer

In the last few years Seaway Heavy Lifting has intensely expanded. Not only in amount of employees, new offices, more services and larger projects, but also in processes, systems and personal growth opportunities. Seaway Heavy Lifting’s culture is still based on a great passion for the business in which we operate. Our core values are: safe, passionate, efficient and fair. These core values are linked through out Seaway Heavy Lifting. When you are passionate and involved, you have the drive to work efficiently, safely and collaborate in a fair way. Seaway Heavy Lifting offers excellent possibilities for education and working conditions, opportunities to take on responsibility and an open culture with plenty of room to ask questions or be critical.

Seaway Heavy Lifting expects a lot from her employees but the employees get a lot in return.

It’s about people and the people are cherished with personal growth opportunities, working conditions, flexibility, trust and responsibility. Seaway Heavy Lifting is a support to her employees in all (personal) situations. In our eyes, this is the only way to keep the great ambitious and entrepreneurial atmosphere alive.

Growth & Opportunities

Working at Seaway Heavy Lifting means you will be working in a diverse and dynamic environment, with great career opportunities. You will be part of a team that uses experience and knowledge to make things work

SHL offers both office-based and offshore career opportunities. Currently, the office-based career opportunities are at our head office in Zoetermeer. In addition, we offer numerous offshore career opportunities on our state-of-the-art crane vessels, the Stanislav Yudin and the newly built Oleg Strashnov. 

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SHL is an organisation where you as an employee will receive the guidance, support and training to help you build on your strengths. We offer you opportunities in a true team environment, where you will be given the freedom and the space to achieve your full potential.

We achieve our corporate successes as a team, and our people are key to achieving those successes. What we expect from you is the drive, the resilience, the confidence to get the job done, and the flexibility to work as part of our team. Above all, we need you to take your personal responsibility and have the credibility to influence others in analysing problems and searching for the best and most innovative solutions.

Education & Training

As an SHL employee, you will benefit from our professional training and development programmes. You will also get continuous support to meet your individual needs and ambitions. We recognise the extent to which business goals and personal aspirations are intertwined. Your training programme is as unique as you are, and your potential to impact the whole company will therefore be reflected in your training.

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Assigning you challenging tasks and projects is a powerful way to boost your development. Working on real assignments with real responsibilities will help you push beyond your limits and bring out the best in you. 

In return, we expect full commitment from you. While your trainer and mentor will support and coach you, you also need to be proactive in managing your own development. From day one, you will be given responsibility and freedom in your role with SHL, which includes being empowered to boost your own career.

Primary & Secondary Terms

On top of your competitive salary, SHL will also reward you through performance-related pay and bonuses, such as a fixed 13th month, health care insurance, and 30 days of annual leave. Our benefits are aligned to local market practice, and include pension and retirement plans as well as healthcare coverage.

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Our training programmes will provide you with challenging tasks and live projects to accelerate your development. Working on practical assignments with real responsibilities will help you push beyond your limits and think and act outside the box.

Seaway Heavy Lifting makes sure it is a great employer. Open discussions between directors, management, the Works Council and individual employees are the most important basis.

To find out more about how employees experience Seaway Heavy Lifting as an employer? Please read the testimonials on this page.


Michel Vrolijk

‘You constantly face new challenges because every project is different. ’

Michel Vrolijk

Installation Engineer
(Engineering department)

“During my Mechanical Engineering studies at higher professional education level, I did my final year project at SHL, and the company then offered me the chance to stay on. I am very happy they did, because I am thoroughly enjoying myself here. I graduated in July 2012 and have worked at SHL for two months so everything is still quite new to me. In these first months I have been given various types of training which have given me a sound and safe basis for my work at SHL, such as offshore training, escape training and training oriented around working at heights. In my role as Installation Engineer one of my tasks is to calculate the strength of our hoisting cables. These are important calculations because cables like these are, of course, not allowed to break.   Read more

Toon van den Hooren

‘As a CAD designer at SHL you get to work on magnificent projects and use state-of-the-art equipment. ’

Toon van den Hooren

CAD Team Leader
(CAD department)

“After I had graduated in Mechanical Engineering from an institute of technology I immediately started work as a draughtsman. I first joined SHL in 1998. After leaving to pursue other activities for a few years I returned to the company in 2006 and I am still really glad I made that decision. I work in an environment in which I feel completely at home. Even at primary school I was always fascinated by cranes, machines and boats. So I knew from an early age what I was passionate about and, for me, SHL is the perfect employer.   Read more

Patrick Degenaar

‘There is a great atmosphere at SHL and you get to work in a fantastic sector. ’

Patrick Degenaar

HR Manager Offshore
(Human Resources department)

“I had already worked for around five years as an HR officer in the offshore industry when I came into contact with SHL in connection with a new HR vacancy. It did not take me long to make a decision. I was aware of SHL good reputation and it was not long before I had a new job. When I started work at SHL in 2011, I focused on recruitment for our office and HR support for our offshore crew. However, the fact that the number of offshore employees was growing so quickly meant I soon became involved on HR support on our ships full-time. I really enjoy this work. I get to deal with every aspect of HR, such as training, remuneration issues, recruitment and selection, to name but a few, so my responsibilities are very wide-ranging.   Read more

Sander Overduin

‘I get a real kick out of meeting a short deadline for a large-scale major purchasing process. ’

Sander Overduin

Procurement Manager
(Procurement department)

“Before I came to work at SHL in 2010, I had worked for ten years as a purchaser for a shipping company in the fishing sector. I started work there after graduating from an institute of technology as a commercial engineer. The work was fun but, after ten years, I was ready for a new challenge. I wanted to carry on working in the maritime sector and came across a vacancy at SHL, where they were looking for a purchaser. I felt a real click with the company, even during the first job interview. That click is something I still have because I really enjoy my work here. As Procurement Manager I am responsible, together with my colleagues, for all purchases for our ships, projects and office. We regularly have to make large-scale purchases for our vessels and projects, such as manufactured items, lifting materials, and other necessities. These purchases often involve amounts of hundreds of thousands of euros, and our challenge is to purchase as competitively as possible without losing sight of the deadline.  Read more

Arnoud Bosch

‘Challenging work with an immediate result, in an international setting. That is what SHL has to offer. ’

Arnoud Bosch

Engineering Manager
(Engineering department)

“After studying Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology I soon found a job in the offshore industry. After having worked for eight years at the same company, as (project) engineer, I was ready for a new challenge. SHL drew my attention because it was a rapidly-growing company and was in the process of building a new ship, the Oleg Strashnov. As far as I was concerned that made the company an even more attractive proposition. When I was given the chance to go to work at SHL in 2010, I seized the opportunity with both hands. I have never once regretted my decision because I am really enjoying myself.   Read more

Jolanda Meyer

‘Despite our rapid growth we still try to maintain our open and informal culture. ’

Jolanda Meyer

Facility Coordinator
(Base Services department)

“I joined SHL in 2000 and, since then, have held many different posts at the company. I started out as a secretary and gradually gained more experience over time. I eventually progressed to the position of Logistics Engineer. Because I wanted to return to slightly calmer waters I became a Facility Coordinator at the start of 2012. This is a job that really suits me. My main tasks are to support our Facility Manager and supervise reception. I arrange the ordering of office supplies and printed matter, am in charge of contacts with the cleaning company, etc. As regards our reception I am responsible for, among other things, proper supervision and the drawing up of the schedule.   Read more