About Us

Association of Estonian Deck Officers (Eesti Laevajuhtide Liit – ELJL) is a non-profit organisation bringing together Estonian Deck Officers. Although the association unites individuals having a similar profession, it is not a trade union but a professional organization. Today, it has grown into the largest professional organization of ship officers in Estonia.

Now that the Association of Estonian Deck Officers has been active over 10 years, it has more than 200 members. All the members have the qualification of a deck officer or they are obtaining it. Therefore, there are members from cadets to masters but not all our members are sailing the seven seas. Some of them have chosen to use their knowledge and experience on the shore in many different fields like education, port management, shipping management, traffic control etc. This variety in the organisation is making it flexible and gives more opportunities to fulfill the organisation’s goals.

If you are interested in cooperation or just need more information about the Association of Estonian Deck Officers contact us using the details below.

  • to support the development of maritime sector in the Republic of Estonia
  • to support and advise members in developing their professional skills and knowledge in their profession
  • to support the  members’ professional, economical and social interests and rights before the employers, governmental and economical institutions
  • to give legal advice to the members
  • to promote deck officer’s profession to the general public
  • to cooperate with international organisations and finding new contacts

An idea to form such an organisation came from a group of friends who were studying together in the Estonian Maritime Academy. After graduation this group of friends kept arranging small reunions every now and then. It was known that during 1920’s a similar union was functioning called Eesti Laevajuhatajate Selts. This information encouraged them to try to establish a similar organisation once again.

Around August 2008 many more of those interested in the same goals started to form an official organisation. The Formation process took long hours of discussions, many meetings to fulfill requirements of the legislation concerning non-profit organisation and drafting the articles for the association.

On September 29th, 2008 the first managing board was elected and articles of association were ratified. Janno Laende became the first chairman of the board and Andrus Saulep, Raido Ruse, Janek Lember and Marek Kotsulim were elected as members of the board. On November 25th, 2008 association was entered into the register.



Janno Laende:

Eero Naaber:

Kalle Kärner:

Uku Kaarmann:

General Information

Association of Estonian Deck Officers

registry code/VAT number: 80277603


mob: +372 5912 3852




Kopli 101 (room 158)

11712 Tallinn

Harju County, Estonia

Office of Association of Estonian Deck Officers is located on the ground floor of Estonian Maritime Academy of Tallinn University of Technology

Bank Details


Konto nr: EE111010220092962010 



Konto nr: EE452200221058485100


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