Merenkulun HarjoitteluMylly

Merenkulun HarjoitteluMylly ry, or shorter only HarjoitteluMylly, (in spoken everyday language simply “Mylly”).

HarjoitteluMylly started its operation in 2012 as a collaboration between The Finnish Shipowners’ Association and eight maritime academies with operations in Finland. In 2015, Merenkulun Harjoittelumylly ry was registered as a “Registered Association”, a non-profit organization.

The name Merenkulun HarjoitteluMylly derives from past times. Back in the day, the employment agency distributing work at sea, was called “Mylly”. In HarjoitteluMyllys operation there are similarities in the operation of the old Mylly, so the association was named after it.

To make the distributing of OBT-placements run smoothly, we are in daily contact with vessels, shipping companies, students, and maritime academies. We thus act as a link, unifying the various parties. We work in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English.

The members of the association are The Finnish Shipowners’ Association and eight Finnish maritime academies. Students at the academies are entitled to use HarjoitteluMylly’s services.

All merchant vessels that HarjoitteluMylly distributes OBT-placements for, are sailing under the Finnish flag and are in international traffic.

OBT- Vessel of the Year

The OBT-vessel of the Year is selected based on the feedback provided by the apprentices. The apprentices evaluate e.g. the suitability of the vessel for OBT, how they were received by the crew, i.e. whether they were treated as almost equal members of the crew, and whether they were given assignments that promoted the apprentices future skills. In January of each year, the OBT- Vessel of the previous year is published.

2016 ms Silja Serenade

2018 ms Finnlady

2020 ms Finntide

2022 m/s Mirva VG

2017 ms Finnbreeze

2019 ms Finnwave

2021 mv Baltic Amelie

2023 Finnlady


Our office is located in Suomen Varustamot ry (Finnish Shipowners’ Association) space, in the center of Helsinki.

Aleksanterinkatu 44, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Contact information

Open during weekdays from 9-16

+358 (0) 800 95006 |

Primarily contact by phone or email.


Jenna Behm

Head of Operation


Phone: +358 (0) 800 95006



Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English

Eva-Lotta Forsberg



Phone: +358 (0) 800 95006



Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English