07 | Social impact

Our people

At Hafnia, we strive towards a unified company culture and collaborate closely between our departments at sea and ashore.


At the end of 2021, Hafnia had 1,917 seafarers representing 17 nationalities employed on 45 internally managed ships. Additionally, 42 vessels were managed by external technical managers, adding 1,836 to our total number of seafarers. Our seafarers maintain the value and quality of our vessels, playing a critical role alongside our land-based colleagues to achieve the safe transportation of our customers’ cargoes. The Covid-19 pandemic has put Hafnia’s seafarers around the world in precarious situations. As such, Hafnia has signed the ‘Neptune Declaration’ in order to work with other ship owners, the IMO and international labour organizations to resolve current and future crewing challenges.


Hafnia’s headquarters is based in Singapore, with offices in Copenhagen, Houston, Monaco and Mumbai. We have recently, in March 2022, opened a new office in Dubai. On shore, Hafnia employs 197 people representing 19 nationalities in both technical, corporate and commercial support functions, such as chartering, finance, operations and bunker supply.

2021 2020 2019
Total Number 3,950 3,892 3,509
Women 161 102 61
Men 3,789 3,790 3,448
On-Shore 197 190 152
Women 65 61 48
Men 132 129 104
Off-Shore 3,753 3,702 3,357
Women 96 41 13
Men 3,657 3,661 3,344

By Geography (on-shore):

2021 2020 2019
Copenhagen 85 81 66
Houston 11 8 4
Monaco 1 0 0
Singapore 99 100 81
Mumbai 1 1 1
Permanent 179 173 146
Contract 18 17 6
Full Time 191 185 143
Part Time 6 5 9

Note: Seafarers are all considered contract workers

The shipping industry faces several social challenges, chief among them gender diversity and employee health and safety. Hafnia recognises the leading role it has to play in addressing these issues and is consistently working on initiatives to ensure a fair, safe and inclusive work environment, where everyone is encouraged to achieve their full potential. We do this through extensive training at all levels, implementing our CARE (Collaborative, Ambitious, Reliable, Enduring) values to ensure our employees’ physical and mental health and safety, and by strategically addressing the challenges facing women in our sector.

Material issues:

  1. Employment
  2. Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Equity (strategic priority for Hafnia)
  3. Employee Health & Safety
  4. Accident & Safety Management
  5. Human Rights
  6. Training and Education

Our social initiatives comprise two main areas: those focused on off-shore personnel and those specific to on-shore personnel. However, they often intersect, with collaboration between both, to ensure close alignment.

Our corporate culture is about connecting people on and offshore. Creating a culture that is unique, a culture that fosters creativity, innovation, and a sense of belonging that everyone embraces.

Hafnia is a large company operating in a challenging sector, with people, assets and offices spread across the world. It is therefore crucial that we work hard to foster a culture where people feel a sense of belonging and community, where they are valued and recognised for their contributions to our shared successes and are proud to be part of the Hafnia family.

The People, Culture & Strategy team aims to be a strategic sparring partner to our business as we consider our people the most important asset. Over the past year, the team has launched several initiatives to help achieve and maintain this positive working culture, including mental health and wellbeing programmes and employee assistance initiatives. It is important to us that all our employees have a voice, hence our monthly townhall meetings and diversity group surveys, and that everyone in Hafnia is aware of our activities and challenges, hence our regular internal magazines.

All of our efforts in this area are underpinned by our CARE (Collaborative, Ambitious, Reliable, Enduring) principles, which we use as a framework to ensure we are always moving forwards, together.

From time to time, everyone experiences situations that affect their general well-being. Hafnia recognises this and has an Employee Assistance Programme to help all employees be more successful at meeting their responsibilities at home and at work. Through the Employee Assistance Programme, practical information and counselling on a variety of topics are available to our employees and those close to them, such as partners and immediate family members.

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