CV for Captain Jorgen Berg


CURRICULUM VITAE for:                    Captain Jørgen Berg


Professional qualifications

Certificate of Competency as Master 1st Class (Foreign Going)

Navy Lieutenant 1st Grade, Royal Danish Naval Reserve,


Freelance consultant and contractor in ad hoc, temporary, and short to long-term project assignments and contract work in port infrastructure & development, maritime logistics management, marine and port safety, ship operation & survey in Australia and Worldwide from 1993 to current.


Relevant experience - examples in marine and port consultancy assignments. 


2011 - Maritime Expert – Maritime Safety & Marine Pollution, in the feasibility study for the Mediterranean Sea Maritime Development Cooperation, Request No: TA 2010049 RO FTF – FWC EIB 2009 - Lot 2 Transport & Infrastructure. Client: Mediterranean Sea Maritime Development Cooperation (European Investment Bank,  European Comission and the International Maritime Organisation) Financed by the EIB. Teamed up with the implementing consultants: Parsons Brinckerhoff Consortium, UK,  with NTU in Denmark. The beneficiary countries are the FEMIP Countries in North Africa and the Middle East. Fact finding missions undertaken in Italy (MAREΣ -AIS system in Rome), Malta (REMPEC in Valetta - Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea), Portugal (EMSA in Lisbon – European Maritime Safety Agency), United Kingdom (IMO in London – International Maritime Organization) and attended the MSAPC 2011 (Maritime Safety & Anti-Piracy conference in Athens, Greece.         


2011 - Dangerous Goods Handling Expert, in establishing a Dangerous Goods Database for UMA in Ankara, Turkey

EuropeAid/127054/C/SER/multi. Client: Undersecretariat For Maritime Affairs, UMA, Government of Turkey

Teamed up with the consultant: Atos Origin Belgium NV / SA. With no existing IMDG or IMSBC database, I was making the maritime, ship and port details for UMA relating to the IMO IMDG convention (SOLAS) requirement for dangerous goods transport. The finished database will service and be used by UMA and all Turkish ports.   


2011 - Seaport Specialist for the Boubyan Island Development Project, Moubarak Al Kabeer Port (MKP)

Client: Ministry of Public Works, Government of Kuwait. Teamed up with the consultant: Egis International, France.

I was allocated the role as virtual Port Authority, virtual Terminal Operator, and virtual Harbour Master, in the program management process while these institutions had not been finalised in this very long term port project. Dealing with the port infrastructure including buildings, roads, rail, and the cargo handling equipment for Container, Ro-Ro, Breakbulk and Dry Bulk operations.  Intensive work with the MKP Masterplan.   


2009-11 - Maritime Operations Specialist with SMEC for the ADB funded Domestic Maritime Transport project in the Maldives. Preparation of Ministry of Transport training material and implementation of on the job training in accordance with the training needs assessment - Verification of proposed harbour charges for North Harbour. Conduct willingness to pay services and provide recommendations - Assistance in ensuring broad based stakeholder consultations develop time bound action plan for proposed harbour usage charges - Assist drafting harbour user charges approval documents according to procedures issued by Attorneys general office –

Develop a harbour operation and user pay system - Develop a training program for Harbour Management Staff - Implementation of the training program through formal and on the job training - Development of a harbour management manual. In total 7 months on-site in Maldivesover several times in 2009 to 2011.    


2010 – Team Leader with Egis-Bceom, France. Attended Papua New Guinea - Lae Tidal Basin inspection of container port construction site and Pre-bidding meeting in Lae with IPBC PMU for Supervision Consultancy for the 30 months port construction time frame.  Preparation on the ADB funded project details for later start.


2007 – Marine Sector Specialist assignment in TSSP in the AusAID infrastructure program in Papua New Guinea, through SMEC / BMT Australia as principals. 3 months on-site in Port Moresby, with few days in Port of Lae. Had an office in the PNG Ports Corporation and in the National Maritime Safety Authority both in Port Moresby for very close work and strategic idea interchange with them. Work also took place in the large ADB Lae Port terminal development – Tidal Basin project.


2007 – Short assignment for EPTISA, Spain, writing the methodology for the Port Manager assignment for Port of Durres, Albania in the EuropeAid Technical Assistance to Ministry of Public Works in Albania.


2006-07 -  Assisting Australian group AIC in trying to get an old polar expedition ship “Thala Dan” from breakers back to Melbourne, Australia from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Inspected the ship in Rio de Janeiro. 


2003-05 - Long term assignment for BCEOM, France, within the COWI led EU consortium. On-site in Bucharest with travel in Romania. Team leader in the EU European Commission PHARE project assignment giving Technical Assistance to the General Directorate, Maritime, Danube and Inland Waterway Transport. Basically a Maritime Safety and Ministry of Transport management assignment including work on SAR (Search and Rescue), Coast Guard set up, Flag State Inspection (FSI), Port State Control/Inspection (PSI), International Ship and Port Facility Code (ISPS), International Ship Management (ISM), and the STCW Convention. In total 7½ months on site in Romania


2000-03 - Transition long term assignment for P&O Maritime Services, Australia – as Marine Manager in a remote Northern Territory mining lease, streamline lead and zinc concentrate bulk cargo loading using a shuttle bulkcarrier. In charge of ISM, Marine safety. Responsible for STCW provisions. Enforcing Mine Safety on the mining lease. Managing the onshore camp, canteen and workshop facilities within the mining lease in the transition. In total 32 months on-site in Bing Bong 56 km north of Borroloola  


2001 - Medium term assignment for COWI Consult - in the capacity as the Port Operations & Cargo Handling expert for a World Bank financed Port Rehabilitation project for Port of Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Dealing with ship, barge, port and stevedore operations, maintenance of port and equipment.    


1999-01 - Appointed by the Minister for Ports as ad hoc Marine Accident Inspector to the Marine Board of Victoria covering the Victorian waters.  Investigating collisions and marine incidents.


1999 - Team Leader - for Nectar Projects and Shipping in London, UK.  Supervise the lightering of wheat as food aid cargo from US product tankers in the Philippines using mobile vacuvators and barges.


1998-99 - Port Operator - for KPMG Corporate Finance in Melbourne. Team-up with a group including KPMG to build and operate (BOOT) a new 550.000 TEU Westgate Terminal in Port Phillip Bay 


1998 - Marine Inspector & Surveyor - for Sumitomo Fertilizer, Australia. Bulkcarrier fertilizer loading, operation and inspections in Tunisia - North Africa. Dealing with AMSA and AQIS requirements. 


1998 - Port Operator - for CES India and Tuticorin Port Trust in India. Detailed Feasibility Study in a port infrastructure project for a new 24-berth container main-line hub port in Tuticorin Outer Port, India.


1997-98 - Port Operator - for Maunsell P/L and P&O Ports - in Australia. White Bay Terminal, B/Bulk, Ro-Ro and Container infrastructure, cargo handling. Operational issues and port working hours. 


1997 - Shipping Superintendent assignment - for Pivot Ltd. - in Melbourne, Australia. C/P bulkcarrier scheduling, fertilizer import and port operations, quarantine and customs tasks for about 60 ships.


1996-98 - Freight Consultant - for Islanders Board of Industry and Service (IBIS), a QLD statutory body.

Port operation & marine infrastructure development on 15 remote outer islands. Cargo handling.  


1993-09 – Free lance surveyor.  Cargo surveys – lashing surveys – pre-loading surveys – ship purchase inspections – ship planning of container stows – loading supervising on Ro-Ro ships – etc. all for a wide range of exporters, importers, stevedore companies, shipowners and operators. Trade, feasibility and transport studies. Marine and safety issues Undertaken on an ad-hoc basis between longer assignments.


Relevant experience – full time positions: 



Full time position

Work base location



Port & Marine Consultant



Berg Shipping Consultancy



Operation Development Manager



Port of Melbourne Authority


Trade Development Manager



Port of Melbourne Authority


Marine Sales Account Manager



Ansett Technologies

Marine Group


Marine Superintendent  (Captain)

Copenhagen HQ,


J. Lauritzen A/S 


Port Captain




Societe Ivorienne de Navigation Maritime 


Port Captain / Cargo Superintendent

Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

Beaufort Dominicana de Navigation


Cargo Superintendent

New Orleans,

Louisiana USA

Beaufort Navigation Inc.



Chief Officer, First Officer

World wide

Tramp trade

J. Lauritzen A/S


Navy Lieutenant 1. Grade / 2.Grade

Navy warships, Denmark

Royal Danish Navy


Navy Sergeant / Private

Frederikshavn, Denmark

Royal Danish Navy


Second Officer


Tramp trade

J. Lauritzen A/S



Navigation Student



Copenhagen Navigation College,  


Deck Officers Apprentice

Seaman's School

World wide trade after

Kogtved, Denmark

J. Lauritzen A/S




COUNTRIES OF WORK EXPERIENCE all in Ship, Cargo, Maritime & Port Infrastructure   

Only listed are countries where I have been more that 6 days on-site in the country. No transits. 

Algiers, Argentina, Australia, Australian Antarctic Territories, Belgium, Brazil, British Antarctic Territories, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, French Antarctic Territories, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Germany, Guinea, Guyana, Holland, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Martinique, Mozambique, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam.


Developing countries

Capt. Berg has vast remote area experience, and is used to working in a cross-cultural environment. His sound interpersonal skills together with resilience in the face of possible difficulties and empathy with Third World country inhabitants will surely be noticed. He has the ability to work for long periods in such remote areas and has experience in, and is interested in training the local on-site workforce.


CV - Personal details for:                   Captain Jørgen Berg


DATE OF BIRTH:                    11 May 1943 - in Copenhagen, Denmark.

NATIONALITY:                     Danish, travelling on a Danish / EU passport.

Australian permanent resident

ADDRESS:                              13 Manuela Terrace, Ringwood, Melbourne, VIC 3134, Australia 

EDUCATION:                         Certificate of Competency as Master 1st Class. Foreign Going

Danish Certificate of Examination, Copenhagen

Navigation College, 1966 in Denmark

Navy Lieutenant 1st Grade, Royal Danish Navy.

Royal Navy Officers School, 1967 in Denmark 


OTHER                                    Completed numerous business related courses including:

TRAINING:                            management, marine, ship and port operations, maintenance, dangerous/safe cargo, project management, maritime law, ships design, customer service, marketing, office technology, computer, software programs, radio, satellite and data communication, marine safety.


LANGUAGES:                        Danish: excellent (mother tongue), English: excellent,

French: fair, German: fair, Swedish: excellent understanding,

Norwegian: excellent understanding, Spanish: poor.


PROFESSIONAL                    Company of Master Mariners - Australia

AFFILIATIONS:                     Chartered Institute of Transport - Australia.

Australian Institute of Management

Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions Club

Association of Danish Navigators - Denmark


PERSONAL                             Marital Status:      Married, 36 years to Australian born wife.

INFORMATION:                   Children:               Two daughters, age 28 and 32.

Health:                   Very good.

Willing to travel: Yes, plus short to medium term stays on-site 



MS Windows 3.1, 95, 98, XP, WIN 7, Word 6.0, & 97 & 2000, WordPerfect, Excel 2000, Internet IE 5.0, E-mail Outlook Express 6, 97, 98, XP. Money, MS Office Programs, HTML language & Web Pages, Skype, Skype Out, Win MSG, WIN Live, MSN online systems, Wi-Fi.  



Feasibility studies - Port Operator - River and Canal navigation - Terminal operations - Trouble shooting - Ships operation & sea navigation  - Ships inspection and surveys - Intricate cargo handling - Cargo surveys – Marine & Port Safety issues – Training in maritime operations – IMO Dangerous Cargo.



Employment details - Captain Jorgen Berg: 


PERIOD:                 1993 - current    (18 years +)

AS:                          Berg Shipping Consultancy - Melbourne, Australia.

POSITION:             Principal / Owner working as Consultant / Contractor


Working as a freelance marine consultant and contractor either alone or in team-up situations with Australian and overseas clients in World Bank, ADB, EU Phare / Tacis and other financed port projects and maritime feasibility studies including institutional development and on the job training programs for harbour management. Working in private and state sponsored port infrastructure & development, marine and cargo handling projects, in various assignments worldwide. Accept assignments and contract work on an ad hoc, project, short, medium or long term basis in Australia and overseas. Undertaking on-site operational or trouble shooting in marine, cargo handling and port operation situations. Doing cargo handling supervision, inspection and surveys with various types of ships and cargos.  Undertaking logistics management assignments also for Australian government statutory bodies. Working in Maritime Safety issues. Doing various types of ad hoc and short term cargo surveys in Port of Melbourne for a range of clients inclusive stevedore companies, shipowners / operators and overseas cargo insurance companies in between larger assignments.


PERIOD:                 1989 - 1993   (4 years)

EMPLOYER:           Port of Melbourne Authority - Melbourne, Australia.

POSITION:             Operation Development Manager, Trade Development  DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Operational infrastructure and trade development with local and international partnership.   Provided expert advice on port operation, dock and cargo handling facilities, port cost, transport, shipping services and cargo handling matters to new or established exporters, importers, stevedores and shipping companies.  Worked with the shipping community and special interest groups including the automotive and timber industry on port charges and cost issues.  Closely involved with external groups working on the rail and road infrastructure to the port.  Participated in the start up of Tradegate (EDI for Cargo and Shipping). A member of the Port Authority's Tradegate committee deciding policy and operation issues.  Marketing of Western Port (Port of Hastings) bulk and b/bulk facilities. The Port Authority's expert on break-bulk and dry bulk cargo operations, port infrastructure and development facilities. Liaise with Australian and overseas clients of the Port of Melbourne and Western Port.


PERIOD:                 1988 - 1989    (12 months)

EMPLOYER:           Ansett Technologies Marine Group - Australia.

POSITION:             Account Manager, Sales Engineer.


Securing representation of overseas principals with electronic marine equipment manufacturing activities. Coordinated in broad policy discussions with DOTC on the future GMDSS (EPIRB) requirements under the SOLAS convention. Represented the company in Standard-C satellite communication discussions with OTC, AUSSAT, TNT Transport and other maritime and land transport companies.  Sales activities covered advanced marine and land based navigation & communication equipment to merchant ships and ship owners. 


PERIOD:                 1982-1987   (6 years)

EMPLOYER:           J. Lauritzen A/S (JL) - Copenhagen, Denmark.

POSITION:             Marine Superintendent (Captain).


Marine and Cargo Superintendency, and based in the Copenhagen headquarters of the large Danish ship owning company. IMO, SOLAS, Port and other international regulations & certificates. Personally formulated and implemented a new marine, safety and cargo operation policies and procedures manual used in various types of own and chartered vessels.  Negotiated stevedore contracts.  Solved problems with Charter Party agreements and C/P sub-details.  Inspected ships for safety, compliance of regulations, purchase, damage, cargo damage, maintenance and if suitable for new trades. Worldwide supervision for owned and chartered ships especially in the mineral, agribulk, reefer, heavy lift and offshore semi-submersible trade and related cargo. Extensive travel world wide in a troubleshooting capacity dealing with port authorities, harbour masters, pilots, importers & exporters, ship owners, and the master and senior officers with a different cultural background onboard own and chartered ships, and mostly in ports and hinterland in developing countries.

Member of the Danish Shipowners’ Associations Sub-Committee for Marine Communications in connection with Project Ship and GMDSS. Initiated installation and implemented use of computers and satellite communication in own and chartered vessels.  Trained seagoing captains and senior officers in marine based information technology, computers and software.


PERIOD:                1980 - 1982   (2 year contract with J. Lauritzen A/S)

EMPLOYER:           Société Ivorienne de Navigation Maritime, Ivory Coast

POSITION:             Port Captain, Operations Manager.


Stationed in Marseilles in France by the share holding and managing company

J. Lauritzen A/S to start up, train and run a new West African shipping company based in the Ivory Coast.  In charge of terminal, ship and cargo operations for own and chartered ships.  Cargo Superintendency and container terminal operational management. Complex trouble shooting work involving various cargoes, bulkers and containerships trading between Southern Europe and North & West Africa. Cargo: mostly logs, cacao, coffee northbound - containers, machinery, heavy equipment, consumer goods, busses, and trucks southbound.


PERIOD:                 1979   (9 months)

EMPLOYER:           Beaufort Dominicana de Navigation S.A. (J. L. A/S)

                                Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic.

POSITION:             Cargo Superintendent, Owners Representative.


Company representative and expatriate in the Dominican Republic for the J. Lauritzen A/S owned Far East Caribbean Line (FECA) in charge of ships operation, cargo handling and client relationship.  Extensive trade development and trouble shooting in USA Gulf, Latin & South America and the Caribbean Islands for the Far East trade.  Negotiations for stevedore contracts and return bulk and b/bulk cargo to the Far East. Cargo: steel pipes, trucks, containerised goods, machinery eastbound - containers, sugar, and bauxite.


PERIOD:                 1977-1979   (15 months)

EMPLOYER:           Beaufort Navigation Inc, Louisiana, USA. (J. L. A/S)

POSITION:             Cargo Superintendent - Owners Representative.


Company representative and expatriate in New Orleans, USA for FECA Line in charge of ships operation and cargo handling. Extensive operation development and trouble shooting in USA, Latin & South America and the Caribbean Islands for time and voyage chartered semi-container ships and bulkcarriers trading between Singapore, Taiwan and Japan and America. Inspected ships for charter arrangements and viability. Attending maritime legal cases. Cargo: steel pipes, cars, trucks,  containerised goods, machinery eastbound - containers westbound.


PERIOD:                 1969-1977   (8 years)

EMPLOYER:           J. Lauritzen A/S, Denmark

POSITION:             Chief Officer, 2nd Officer


Ship management, navigation, cargo handling and maintenance onboard dry bulk /break-bulk ships, conventional reefers, polar expedition/supply ships and tankers in worldwide liner & tramp trade.  In charge of navigation, cargo and ship maintenance onboard the vessels.  Double banking and cargo transfer in rivers and bays. In charge of challenging supply and cargo transfer operations for 3 seasons to the Australian and French Antarctic bases. Intricate ice navigation and cargo handling using Light Amphibious Re-supply crafts, helicopters, barges, pontoons, motorboats. Using ships crew in stevedoring operations.


PERIOD:                 1967-1969 - 17 months as Lieutenant + 7 months as Sergeant first.

EMPLOYER:           Royal Danish Navy, Denmark

POSITION:             Navy Lieutenant 1. Grade & 2. Grade.


In charge of classified NATO communication and anti-submarine warfare onboard navy patrol ships. Naval control of merchant shipping duties. Marine surveillance of foreign warships.  Pursuing, boarding and arresting foreign flag trawlers fishing in Danish territorial waters.  Search and rescue activities in civil marine incidents. Helicopter operations. Fire fighting, rescue and first aid education.


PERIOD:                 1966-1967   (4 months)

EMPLOYER:           J. Lauritzen A/S, Denmark

POSITION:             2nd Officer


Navigation and break bulk cargo handling in North European trade. Ice and convoy navigation with the Finish and Swedish icebreakers.


PERIOD:                 1960-1966   (6 years)

EMPLOYER:           J. Lauritzen A/S, Denmark

In Seamans school in Kogtved, Denmark for 1 year. Sailing in a Topsail Schooner, Sailing as Deck Apprentice in General cargo ships, Polar supply ships, Reefer ships, and Tankers for the required 4 years before attending Copenhagen Navigation College for 2 years getting the Masters Foreign Going Certificate 2. Class. Later upgraded to 1. Class.  


Key skills - Captain Jorgen Berg  

Feasibility studies

-          navigation, channel access, berthing, cargo handling and port operation.

-          handling and navigation of ships in difficult and restricted waters.   

-          ice navigation and cargo handling in the arctic and Antarctic areas. 


Port Operator

-          operational / navigational issues in port infrastructure & development projects.

-          advise on making ports and terminals more cost effective to ship operators  

-          negotiating stevedore contracts with operators.


Terminal operations

-          container, break bulk, bulk, cars and reefers  

-          optimisation of cargo operations in established and newly constructed ports

-          cargo planning and loading/discharging especially in tweendeckers and ro-ro's. 

-          stowage of timber, reefer, containers, break bulk and bulk cargoes


Trouble shooting

-          in marine transport, cargo handling, and port & harbour operations.    

-          in developing countries and areas where there is no port or marine infrastructure. 

-          in situations where port authorities and ship-operators are in dispute 


Ships operation & navigation   

-          where intricate manoeuvres, double-banking etc, are required.  

-          in the Arctic, Antarctic and other winter or polar ice covered areas.

-          in rivers, channels and other draft limited waters.


Ships inspection and surveys      

-          marine accident investigation and reporting

-          for purchase or charter and special trading purposes. 

-          condition survey before and after loading or discharging of cargo. 


Intricate cargo handling

-          discharge grain cargo from tankers at anchorage using mobile vacuators 

-          cargo exchange with grab fitted bulkcarriers and discharge/loading by ships crew. 

-          oil drilling rigs exchange between semi-submersible ships and tugboats.

-          in areas with no marine or port infrastructure, using LARC's, barges, helicopters.


Cargo surveys

-          damaged cargo reports for insurance companies and other stakeholders.

-          before and after loading or discharging of cargo. 

-          stowage and lashing surveys


Maritime Safety

-          Search and Rescue (SAR)

-          Coast Guard issues

-          Flag State Control (FSC)

-          Port State Control (PSC)

-          International Ship and Port Facility Code (ISPS)

-          International Ship Management (ISM)

-          STCW Convention interpretation



Captain Jorgen Berg


+61 3 9870 0771 

Berg Shipping Consultancy


+61 3 9879 4664  - (but send SMS first)

13 Manuela Terrace


+61 4 1220 6165

Ringwood North, VIC 3134








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