Our culture

you can trust

Working with us

Ultranav is a privately owned shipping company with presence in 17 countries (United States, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines and Australia). ensure

We operate in five market segments: oil, gas, dry bulk, coastal trades, towage and offshore, through eleven business units: Ultratank, Ultragas, Cape Tankers, CPT Alliance, Ultrabulk, Horizon, Naviera Transoceánica, Antares Naviera, Ultranav Chile, Ultratug and Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore.

Operating over 400 vessels and tugs, our fleet includes gas and chemical carriers, tankers for crude oil and clean petroleum products, bulk carriers, feeder containers, multipurpose vessels, harbor tugs, OSVs, AHTSs, pusher tugs, barges and pilot boats.

Through the values of Integrity, Passion, Excellence and Safety, we aim to achieve our mission of being a partner you can trust, who provides efficient and safe maritime transportation services to the mutual benefit of our customers, employees, communities and the environment.

When you join us, you join a family

One of the most frequent observations from the candidates we meet at our interviews is this: A warm and welcoming atmosphere from the moment they step inside.

Our mission to be “a partner you can trust” shines through in our way of being colleagues – by truly caring for one another and working together as a team to reach our goals for the business.


Empowering our people

Our culture
We have three pillars when searching for people to join the Ultranav family:

Achieving demanding, challenging and attainable goals. Delivering the possibility of development in our teams, where there is feedback and asking more than answering.

Without distinction of origin, education, race, disabilities, sex; we aim to be fair and consistent, and are committed to promote to whom best deserves it.

Focus on creativity as a basis for innovation. There is a need to discuss constructively, take risks and break paradigms.

Retaining our talent
To retain our talent we focus on:

  • Trusting in relationships is at the core of our DNA. We always strive to be a partner you can trust all aspects of our business.
  • Strengthening our values through the Ultranav culture.
  • Good communication within the company; between manager and employee as well as between co-workers.
  • Recognition and professional development ensuring a qualified staff.
  • Continuous training is offered to all employees providing a positive learning environment.
  • Creating a balanced personal and work life and ensuring Ultranav offers a pleasant work environment for all its employees.
  • Empowered leaders oriented to apply the strategy, enabling us to enusre a sustainable business.

Diversity matters

In our experience, an organization consisting of different cultures, genders and ages enriches it and brings important benefits, including improvements in decision making, problem solving, productivity, innovation and atmosphere. All qualities that help us in our constant strive to be a partner you can trust.

Offices in 17 countries

Ultranav is an international organization with more than 3,600 employees in 17 countries, we have presence in Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe and Oceania. We are therefore fluent in all time zones!

Many different nationalities

We are working actively towards creating a diverse and inclusive company. On a daily basis, this means that we have over 30 nationalities working at our organization, with more than 2,800 working at sea and over 800 ashore.

Each team member contributes to the diversity of the environment, bringing different cultures and languages into their daily work. Shipping is inherently multicultural and Ultranav is no exception. This is one of the reasons we excel at what we do.


The shipping industry has historically been a male-dominated world, but times are changing. The entire industry is working together to get more women to join this great life of shipping, and Ultranav has made a significant commitment towards a more gender balanced organization. Currently, the distribution of our staff on the ground are approximately 31% women and 69% men.

Ultranav staff in numbers








Employees (land & sea)


Employees at sea


Employees ashore

Employee testimonials

Diego Covacevich, Business Support Manager

at Ultratank

In 2010, Diego joined the company after finishing university, looking for a place that had international operations, an excellent reputation, and where he could develop as a professional to advance his career for many years.

“I had the opportunity to do my professional internship at Ultramar Agencia Marítima, in the port of San Antonio. That’s where the shipping business really caught my eye. Since then, my experience has been extraordinary. In these 10 years, I have been able to work in 4 different companies, in 7 different positions and to live in 2 countries. I have been through various types of businesses such as containers, bulk carriers and tankers. In each company where I have had to work, I have had the fortune of meeting exceptional people, where the values and the first level way of working are really felt.”

Karin Mohr, Assistant Chartering Manager

at Ultratank

In 2013, at 21, Karin joined Ultranav. She was struck by the scope of this industry and how fundamental it is for the development of trade.

“One takes for granted having products available from Asia, Europe and North America, to name a few, but if we think about what is behind that, it is a large supply chain that is extremely dynamic and where maritime trade fulfills a fundamental role.”

“My experience in the company has been one of constant learning and I never want that to end. I am convinced that every day there is something new to study or things to improve. I have had the opportunity to work in different departments and divisions, with different approaches that have allowed me to understand how we manage to generate value and make a difference.”

Ultranav offices around the world

Ultranav – A partner you can trust

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CPTA is part of the large and diversified shipping group Ultranav, which was founded in Chile in 1960 by Captain Albert von Appen. Ultranav now has offices in 15 countries.