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Port Operations Manager

  • Oslo
  • Oslo

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For almost 130 years we have pushed boundaries on expedition travel and sailed tourists, locals, and cargo around the Norwegian coastline and polar regions, making Norway more connected, impacting the lives of millions of people and - sharing knowledge with our international guests about wildlife, local communities, science and the natural world.

This experience of exploration and discovery has shaped our DNA - inspiring us to embark on new journeys and propelling us to change people’s perspectives on what adventure travel can look like. We are always improving, pushing for sustainable solutions, and now immersing our guests in some of the most picturesque and captivating places on the planet.

We are a passionate team who deliver our global operations from every corner of the world and our people are instrumental in continuing to inspire this adventure, play their part and deliver on our promise of guest centric and memorable experiences, benefiting the communities we visit, enriching our guests and inspiring a more sustainable world. Our roles are varied across land and sea, but our aspirations are aligned.

This role is vital for our future growth plans by ensuring that we have the knowledge required to support a fleet expansion of expedition vessels operating globally. You will be overall responsible for ensuring that we have the depth of port operational expertise to enter new and exciting destinations around the world, both in Norway, Europe, Polar waters and in more tropical climates. You will advise in the ideation and preparation stages of expedition planning as well as in the execution and operational phases of sailings.

Hurtigruten Expeditions’ primary operations hubs are in Oslo / Hamburg but there is opportunity for remote working for the right candidate.

Skills & Requirements

Duties and responsibilities

The Port Operations manager has the overall responsibility for co-ordination of port operations both in the planning and cost optimization phases as well as in operational execution. In particular, responsibilities include:

  • Book ports, prepare port budgets and optimize port expenditures
  • Solve ad-hoc problems that occur during day-to-day operations
  • Frequent contact and relationship building with key ports and local agents – build a global network of agents which are managed in a systematic manner
  • Support our irregular operations team in real time response to ensure our ports and partners give our guests a fantastic experience
  • Key interface for the Expeditions team on product planning
  • Support our itinerary planning and expedition teams in the ideation phase of our itinerary process
  • Lead all planning and operational matters that are done through the ship’s agent
  • Responsible for a detailed day-by-day harbor cost budget


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent from Maritime schools, Technical colleges or similar
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience within port operations from the Cruise Industry with exposure to global operations (equivalent shipping experience could be sufficient)
  • Extensive experience of planning and supporting marine / cruise port operations in different areas of the globe
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Personal qualities
  • “Can do" attitude
  • Structured mindset approach to approaching problems
  • Clear communication skills and ability to convey complex topics to management
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Thrives working as part of a close-knit team

You live our values: We care, We explore, We empower & We inspire.

Great Place to Work

  • We're the strongest brand within exp. cruising

  • Inspirational and friendly work environment

  • Competitive compensation and benefits

  • Staff rates on all our ships for you, your family

  • Office centrally in Oslo

About the company

Hurtigruten Expeditions – the World leader in exploration travel

Hurtigruten Expeditions (part of Hurtigruten Group) is the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise line. With sustainability and exploration at core, we offer big adventures on small ships – taking you to some of the most spectacular areas of our planet.

Tracing our roots back to the great explorers and golden age of exploration, the curiosity, sense of adventure, love for our planet and the art of exploration is deeply embedded in our DNA.

With Hurtigruten Expeditions, you can join fellow explorers on adventures to 30+ countries and more than 250 destinations, including Antarctica, Alaska, Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, British Isles, South America, Caribbean and more.

Hurtigruten Expedition’s fleet of 7 small-size custom built ships includes the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ships – and a variety of green technology enabling to explore more sustainably.

On board, you will join our team of experts. Hand-picked for your adventure, they will join you as you explore wildlife, nature, local communities and more, taking full advantage of our on board Science Center and abundance of expedition equipment - making sure we can take you where the big ships can’t.

As generation of explorers have done before us, we are always looking for new adventures, new areas to explore and new adventures to embark on. Join us – and explore more!

We care - We explore - We empower - We inspire

2019Hurtigruten Group launches the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship: MS Roald Amundsen, poised to embark on an epic Northwest Passage transit.

2016Hurtigruten Group doubles its capacity in Antarctica. Now both MS Fram and MS Midnatsol spend the winter in Antarctic waters.

2015Hurtigruten Group expands the fleet with an explorer vessel. The fleet now counts 13 vessels.

1952Since 1949, seven new ships had been added to the fleet. The entire fleet transported 500,000 passengers a year. The distinction between classes was done away with.

1893Captain Richard With establishes a steamship service to link northern and southern Norway – Hurtigruten.

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