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International powerhouse Maersk has a long history of developing human capital, but what is it doing in Angola within its varied operations to create a sustainable employee base for itself and to offer opportunities to young Angolans? How is Maersk fostering up-skilling, professional advancement and the provision of opportunities for locals?

To find out we spent time in Cape Town and Luanda with cadets from Maersk Supply Service who are training to become vessel captains, supplying food and equipment to oil-rigs and other marine operations on the high seas. It’s exciting times for 21 year old Luandan cadet, Dario Timoteo, and his best friend, Mac, who are set to take on the world under the tutelage of Maersk.

Then we travel north to Soyo, Angola, to learn about seafarers employed at Maersk’s Svitzer tug-boat base. After months of training on a tall-sail vessel off the shores of Europe the Soyo seafarers are now back in Angola and putting their skills to the test in local waters. How are they doing and what are their dreams for the future?

Finally we explore Maersk’s MITAS post-graduate professional development programme which mentors young professionals. Luzana Costa is a 26 year old scarily smart Angolan geologist working for Maersk Oil in Luanda and, we think, set to become Secretary General of the United Nations one day. Stand back world, Luzana has arrived.

This youthful story is about identifying and developing potential on land and at sea. It illustrates what’s possible when determination, talent and corporate partnership combine for a mutually beneficial sustainable future.


  • Cameramen, Jasyn Howes and Thomas Sonne 1
  • Film crew with Seafarers at Svitzer base, Soyo, Angola
  • Graduates of the Maersk MITAS professional advancement programme
  • Luanda city centre
  • Luanda today
  • Maersk Supply Service cadet, Dario Timoteo, visits his fomer high school
  • Maersk cadet, Dario Timoteo mother and sisters, Bruna and Sarah
  • Maersk cadet, Dario Timoteo, visits his former high school in Luanda
  • Maersk cadet, Dario Timoteo, with his mom, Lizette
  • Show host, Lisa Chait, interviews a Svitzer seafarer for the story
  • Svitzer base at Soyo, Angola
  • Svitzer employees, Soyo
  • Svitzer seafarers aboard their tug
  • Svitzer tug at Soyo, Angola 1
  • Svitzer tug at Soyo, north western Angola
  • Svitzer tug base at Soyo, north western Angola




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Maersk and MITAS
Maersk is fostering development in Angola through job creation and the strategic up-skilling of young Angolans. Meet Luzana Costa, a graduate of Maersk Oil’s MITAS technical graduate program for Science and Technology, as well as Paulo Juliana, a cadet working on a tug boat that tows huge gas tankers up the Congo River in Soyo, northern Angola for Maersk company, Svitzer.
Maersk and Svitzer
Maersk Angola has a strategic commitment to up-skilling young Angolans through its various training programs. Maersk company, Svitzer, is up-skilling aspirant chief engineers, towing huge gas tankers up the mighty Congo River.
Maersk and the up-skilling of young Angolans
The oil industry drives Angola’s growing economy, and as a deck cadet for Maersk’s Supply Service, Dario Timoteo is one of the many young Angolans who are benefitting from their strategic up-skilling programs.