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SCANEL SUPPORTS REAL-WORLD EDUCATION

SCANEL SUPPORTS REAL-WORLD EDUCATION
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MARTEC student Lars Hellum Halvorsen working on his Bachelor project at Scanel

Education for the real world, in the real world - Scanel has a proud tradition of supporting third-level students in a real way. An internship in our Design & Engineering department is especially coveted. We're delighted to have marine engineering student Lars Hellum Halvorsen with us to do a B.Sc. project on Shore Connection - a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly electrical system for ships while in dock.

24-year-old Lars is mentored by Head of Engineering Peter Lindegaard and all the engineers in the Frederikshavn department where he is based for his 10-week internship. He is a student at MARTEC, the maritime and polytechnic education centre in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Continual skills training at Scanel

Continual skills training at Scanel
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Staff from Esbjerg, Frederikshavn & Skagen: The first team on a new external course in Communication Skills.

Further education, specialist training and new skills - these are fundamental to the Scanel career programme. Last year, staff completed 420 training and course units. In the first three months of this year alone, staff have taken part in 127 units in Further Offshore Emergency Training; L-AUS electrical safety; Working At Heights; and Communication Skills.

Three large teams of staff from all departments and sites will complete the certified Communications course at different times this year. Staff from the Esbjerg, Frederikshavn and Skagen sites were on the first team that started the first module this week in the capable hands of course leader Stig Toftgaard of DoAct.

More on the Scanel work and career environment here.

An old apprentice - a new colleague

 An old apprentice - a new colleague
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Christian Thirup Mehl signs his employment contract at his apprentice gradution ceremony with Head of Projects Dennis Lavrsen (l) and HR Manager Jens Ole Just Nielsen

Many of the most experienced staff at Scanel started their careers when they won a coveted place on our renowned apprenticeship programme. That proud tradition continued today when Christian Thirup Mehl completed his four-year apprenticeship in our Orskov Yard Service department - and was immediately hired as our newest fully-qualified marine electrician.

Managers, mentors and colleagues congratulated Christian at a special reception in Frederikshavn at which he was presented with both his apprenticeship graduation certificate and his employment contract.

Scanel International A/S employs up to 16 apprentices at any given time on three-year and four-year programmes.  Each electrical, electromechanical or electronic apprentice also learns specialist skills via a special rotation programme in other departments and at different Scanel sites both in Denmark and abroad.

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Scanel - International

On any given day, Scanel staff are hard at work on-site, offshore and on-board at locations all over the world - sometimes flying out on a moment's notice when the customer needs them to solve an urgent problem.

Every day, our in-house Resource Planning department makes sure that hundreds of members of staff are at the right place at the right time, wherever they're needed on the planet. Coordinator and Resource Planner Karina Nygaard makes sure that everybody quickly has the right visa, the right tickets, the right accommodation and the right itinerary - with all travel issues taken care of, staff can focus all their energy and time on the customer and the job.

A snapshot of an average day in the life of Scanel : Thanks to Head of Electronics Johnny Laulund Jørgensen and electronic technician for sending these picture postcards home from their installation assignment on a supply ship in Dakar, Senegal. And thanks to electricians Dennis Håbendal Christensen and Jannie Asmussen Jensen for sending us these photos of the Marine team's installation project on a large passenger ferry at Puerto de Santander in Spain.

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    A snapshot of Scanel - on assignment all over the world, every day
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    Scanel Marine installation on a passenger ferry at the Port of Santander
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    Scanel Marine installation on a passenger ferry at the Port of Santander
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    Scanel Electronics installation on a supply ship at Dakar, Senegal
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    Scanel Electronics installation on a supply ship at Dakar, Senegal
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    Scanel Marine installation on a passenger ferry at the Port of Santander

The best apprentices - the best staff

The best apprentices - the best staff
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Scanel Electronics apprentice Tom Nielsen graduated and was hired on the same day

A proud Scanel tradition was continued this week when Tom Nielsen completed his 3½-year apprenticeship in our Electronics department and was immediately hired as our newest fully-qualified electronic technician. Managers and colleagues congratulated Tom at a reception in Frederikshavn, during which HR Manager Jens Ole Just Nielsen presented Tom with both his apprenticeship graduation certificate and his employment contract.

Many veteran members of staff started their career as Scanel apprentices. Scanel employs up to 16 apprentices at any given time on three-year and four-year programmes.  Each electrical, electromechanical or electronic apprentice also learns specialist skills via a special rotation programme in other departments and at different Scanel sites both in Denmark and abroad.

Experienced maritime leader is appointed Scanel COO

Experienced maritime leader is appointed  Scanel COO
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Scanel CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen (r) welcomes new COO Gert Balling on board

Scanel is pleased to announce the appointment of Gert Balling to the position of Chief Operating Officer – a new role created as part of Scanel’s ongoing growth strategy.

Scanel appointed its first COO on March 1st as part of a wider restructuring process designed to reflect high activity levels and to strengthen the organisation as a whole.

The new COO refers directly to Scanel CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen. Gert Balling (formerly Managing Director at Fjord Line) is responsible for operational matters throughout the organisation – this includes the maritime, wind and oil & gas divisions.

The appointment of a Chief Operating Officer is an important next step in Scanel’s ongoing, long-term development, says CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen.

With excellent results, the company has undertaken a focused modernisation and renewal process in recent years. All staff – from apprentices to management – have worked together on initiatives including further education; specialist training; career plans; cultural changes; and open communication. Throughout the process, new products and services have been developed for new business segments.

The level of growth is visible in the financial results: From 2013 to 2016, turnover has doubled to 330 million kr.

CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen:

”Because all staff have worked well together, we have strengthened the company in a focused manner. We have strengthened our position in existing segments and we have established ourselves in new segments such as Wind Service. We have established subsidiaries and new sites abroad, including in Poland and England, and we are increasingly involved in the German market.

Our activity levels are high. To reflect that, our organisation needs to develop. We have therefore chosen to employ a COO who will have overall responsibility for operational matters across the board.

We are very pleased to welcome Gert Balling on board. He knows the industry and has many years’ experience. He is forward-looking and he shares our vision for Scanel’s future development, both in the market and as an organisation.”

Gert Balling:

”It will be wonderful to contribute to the development and strengthening of Scanel’s position through openness, dialogue and cooperation, for the benefit of the company, staff and customer.”

On 1st March 2017, Gert Balling took up the COO position and Scanel announced a number of organisational changes. The organisational restructuring includes a new division of responsibility in some departments and new cross-departmental structures. New managers have also been appointed in several departments.

Expansion continues - new Scanel offices in Poland

Expansion continues - new Scanel offices in Poland

Due to high levels of activity, our Polish subsidiary Scanel International Sp. Zoo is opening new offices. A Scanel Wind team is currently putting the finishing touches to an extended on-site office and warehouse at the port of Szczecin. Our thanks to Søren Stæhr, Scanel site manager in Szczecin, for this beautiful site photo.

Meet us at Careers Day Aalborg

Meet us at Careers Day Aalborg

"Attract the best staff. Keep the best staff." That is one of Scanel's stated goals. We look forward to meeting the next generation of talented colleagues at Careers Day 2017 Aalborg on March 7th. We invite students and graduates to drop by our stand - come and tell us what you can offer Scanel and learn more about the career opportunities we can offer you.

More about careers at Scanel here

More about Careers Day 2017 Aalborg here

Scanel wins prestigious business award

Scanel wins prestigious business award
  • "Intense focus on talented staff with special skills and specialist trades."
  • "Strong focus on training and further education for all staff - from apprentices to top managers."
  • "Focus on cultural and behavioural changes - making sure staff understand and appreciate each other's work."
  • "Accomplished performance and growth in a difficult offshore market."
  • "The vision to establish itself in an entirely new business area - wind turbine installation and service."

For these achievements, the judges have chosen Scanel International A/S as the overall winner of the 2016 Vækst og Vilje business award.

"We are very pleased and very proud to receive this honour," said CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen after the award was presented during a special ceremony in Frederikshavn. "This is a testament to the way all 260 members of staff work together. The staff play a vital role in modernising the company. Thanks to each individual member of staff, Scanel continues to develop and to grow dynamically."

Shared goals are important for growth, the CEO says. "We are very open about financial results. That way, everybody knows if we are on target and knows where we are going. Turnover has doubled since 2013. In 2016, we developed new business areas and established new sites in Denmark, England and Poland. We are on target to develop even more, including on the German market, in 2017."

The annual Vækst og Vilje [literally: 'Growth and Resolve'] award is presented to a company, business leader or organisation that has made an extraordinary contribution to business development in the Frederikshavn region. 17 candidates were nominated for this year's honour. It is judged and awarded by Frederikshavn Business Council, part of the 450-member Chamber of Commerce organisation for the wider Frederikshavn region in Northern Jutland, Denmark.

At the same ceremony, Frederikshavn Business Council also announced the winner of its 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year award. Congratulations to winner Jesper Winter of Skagen Fiskerestaurant, Skagen Bjesk and Skagen Seaside.

Seen in the picture: Scanel CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen and co-owner Ole Thue Hansen accepted the Vækst og Vilje business award on behalf of the company. Photo by Wizion, courtesy of Erhvervshus Nord.

New offshore rig company has decades of experience

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OVS Offshore: Bjørn Strandos (Board member), Claus Søgaard Poulsen (CEO), Lars Fischer (Chairman of the Board) and Thoke Flamgaard (Sales & Projects Director)

Scanel International is proud to announce that Scanel, Orskov Group and VMS Group have joined forces to create OVS Offshore: an additional, separate company that combines our offshore expertise and experience on the global oil og gas market.

The new company is jointly and equally owned by Scanel, VMS and Orskov Group. It brings together offshore rig expertise from three companies with over 700 specialist staff.

“Our three companies have a range of specialist skills and solutions for the oil & gas industry,” said Claus Søgaard Poulsen, CEO Scanel and also CEO OVS Offshore. “We have been cooperating on customer projects for decades, including at least ten years working together on specific oil & gas offshore projects.”

“By bringing all that knowledge and know-how officially together in OVS Offshore, we can offer the customer a very broad spectrum of products and services, all brought together in one complete solution.” This ensures that OVS Offshore has both the skills and the capacity to compete with the very biggest competitors on the market. Other OVS advantages:

- Location at expanding Port of Frederikshavn

- Not far from the North Sea, space and deep-water access for even the big rigs

- Own workshops and services on-site at Port of Frederikshavn

- 100+ proven local partners and suppliers – optimum service, repair and renovation solutions

Well-known Scanel offshore sales manager Thoke Flamgaard has been appointed OVS Offshore Sales & Projects Director.

OVS Offshore CEO: Claus Søgaard Poulsen [CEO Scanel International].

OVS Offshore Chairman of the Board: Lars Fischer [Sales & Technical Director Orskov Group].

OVS Offshore Member of the Board: Bjørn Strandos [Chief Technical Officer VMS Group].

Scanel Head of Oil & Gas Peter Lindegaard continues to develop offshore business at Scanel. The Offshore departments at Scanel, Orskov and VMS will work closely through OVS Offshore.

To contact OVS Offshore:

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Thoke Flamgaard

OVS Sales & Projects Director

Tel: +45 2141 8982

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www.ovsoffshore.com

Always safe, always at work

Always safe, always at work

Scanel technicians have worked 417,000 hours offshore since 2008.  Our QHSE department has just calculated our total offshore LTI/LTA - time lost to incident or accident - from 2008 to the end of 2016. Total working hours lost: 0.  

A perfect record to date on all our offshore oil, gas and wind energy projects.

Scanel nominated for business award

Scanel nominated for business award

Scanel is honoured to have been nominated for the 2016 ‘Vækst og Vilje’ business award. This Erhvervshus Nord award honours an extraordinary contribution to business development in the Frederikshavn region. Scanel is proud to be nominated this year alongside 16 inspirational candidates. The winner will be announced on January 20th. 

New programme - New skills for all Scanel apprentices

New programme - New skills for all Scanel apprentices

The renowned Scanel apprenticeship programme has now been extended to include professional rotation. Every electrical, electromechanical or electronic apprentice now learns other specialist skills during scheduled periods in other departments too.

For example: An electromechanical apprentice receives training in the electrical and electronic departments. The programme also includes periods at different Scanel sites and on jobs abroad.

Scanel employs up to 16 apprentices at any given time on three-year and four-year programmes. Rasmus Repo Kjærgaard and Christian Mehl are our first colleagues to go 'on tour'.

Electrical apprentice Christian has just started his rotation in Design & Engineering. Electrical apprentice Rasmus has just started in Electronics, where his new skills include computer programming. Rasmus is pictured here as he works on an open-source Arduino programme for auto-control of cooling systems.

During rotation, each apprentice has a mentor in each department. Scanel is proud to employ up to 16 apprentices at any given time on three-year and four-year programmes. We are proud to work closely with the relevant training and educational institutes in order to develop the best apprenticeship programmes for the best apprentices.

WTG service & maintenance ISO-certification

Scanel International is pleased to announce that it has been awarded ISO quality certification for the service and maintenance of electrical installations on wind turbines, both offshore and onshore.

Following a stringent DNV-GL audit, our existing ISO 9001:2008 management system certification has been extended to include wind turbine service and maintenance.

Scanel has furthermore been approved by and registered with the Danish Energy Agency [Energistyrelsen] under its technical certification scheme for maintenance and service of wind turbines. (Executive Order no. 73.)

QHSE Manager Tina Bjerregaard has congratulated Head of Service Rune Hald Henriksen and his team on ‘well-deserved certification’.

“Quality control has always been at the centre of the wind service department’s work,” she says. “It’s the natural focus for every member of the team at a day-to-day, task-by-task level.”

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    Snapshot: Right now, Scanel Wind Service staff are at work offshore and at sites in Denmark, Spain, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.
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    Scanel’s Wind Service staff are in action 24/7 both onshore and offshore

New addition to management

New addition to management

Scanel International is pleased to announce that it has appointed QHSE Manager Tina Bjerregaard to management. Her appointment, precisely one year after she joined the company, “further strengthens both the management team & our focus on QHSE,” said CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen. Tina joins our CEO on the management team along with CFO Kjeld Buus, HR Manager Jens Ole Just Nielsen & Head of Marine Casper Schmidt-Olsen.