Cooperative Captain

Would you like to be at the helm of one of our workboats with the cleaning installation and robot? Would you like to become part of a young fast growing organization with international plans? Would you like to pick up other technical issues when the work vessel is not sailing? Then read our vacancy for Cooperative Captain!


Our operations division is responsible for the operation with our cleaning installations and ensuring that the operation can continue 24/7 within Belgium and Dutch ports. This division is responsible for operating, maintaining, and updating the cleaning installation and inspection drones to provide the best service to our clients. The operations department is divided between cleaning services and inspection services. The employees within the operations department consist out of an energetic team of technically trained people who play a crucial role within Fleet Cleaner.

Your role

As cooperative skipper you are responsible for the nautical aspect of the operation, in particular the sailing of the working vessel. For this you sail in all major Dutch and Belgian seaports. You are responsible for the planning of sailing routes, bunkers, as well as supporting the operation. Because the cleaning of ships is 24/7 work, you work one week on the ship and are then one week at home. Finally, you are also responsible for the maintenance of the working vessel and make sure the vessel is in good condition.

The activities of the Cooperative Captain will include the following:

  • Sailing of the vessel;
  • Maintenance of the vessel;
  • Keeping track of on board supplies (paint, groceries, bunkers, etc.);
  • When necessary you help with the operation, during mooring and shifting the vessel, and during attachment of the robot to the vessel that is getting cleaned.

In order to properly perform the role of Cooperative Captain, we ask the following:

  • Commercial vessels master’s certificate (Dutch: “Groot vaarbewijs A”), preferably including ADN certificate;
  • Knowledge of the ports is an advantage;
  • Capability to work independently, but also in a team;
  • Practical technical knowledge and skills, and an eye for which maintenance is necessary;
  • Good knowledge of the English language.

What do we offer you?
We would like to offer you the following terms of employment for the role of Cooperative Captain:

  • A gross monthly salary including allowances between €4,500 and €6,200;
  • Pension and travel allowance arrangement;
  • Varied work on board the ship;
  • An ambitious and informal working atmosphere in a challenging environment;
  • Possibility to take a work week off on board, giving you three consecutive weeks off.

About Fleet Cleaner
Fleet Cleaner has set a new standard for the cleaning of ships, with the ambition to set up a worldwide network of cleaning installations. We are a young, growing team that is continuously working to improve and expand our innovations. There are two cleaning installations installed on workboats operating in Europe’s largest seaports and a third cleaning installation on the way.

If you are interested or have any questions about this position, please fill in the form below or contact our HR Advisor by emailing If you have any questions, you can also mail to this mail address or call +31 6 24778397. We look forward to meeting you!

Contact our HR Advisor

John van Etten
tel: +31 6 24778397

Apply now

If you are interested in this position, please send us your resume and cover letter using the application form on the right or by emailing