Congratulations to the first team to graduate from a certified, third-level Communications course that has been introduced to the Scanel career programme. 13 colleagues from various departments at our Esbjerg, Frederikshavn and Skagen sites have just passed their final exam with honours. Three more teams will take the same course later this year.
We’re honoured to report that Scanel's customer satisfaction rating for the first half of this year is 100%. The rating is based on written surveys of technical staff at nine customers immediately after we completed projects for them. Well done to everyone in Scanel’s electronic, electrical & electromechanical departments whose great work makes a 100% satisfaction rating possible.
Our QHSE department has just calculated the latest statistics for Scanel Offshore work. From the first Scanel offshore assignment in 2008 to date, Scanel staff have worked a total of 422,000 hours offshore.
QHSE keeps a careful record of Offshore LTI/LTA – time lost to incident or accident. Out of 422,000 hours to date, the total number of working hours lost = 0.
Well done to all our colleagues on offshore oil, gas and wind energy projects on maintaining that remarkable safety record.
"Living up North is cool - and building ships is cool." We agree with our talented colleague Lene Nielsen, one of the stars of a new campaign to attract even more talented staff and their families to Northern Jutland - the 'top of Denmark'.
Together with other employers in the region, Scanel International is supporting the Municipality of Frederikshavn's 'Move North' recruitment campaign. 60,000 people of 117 nationalities live in the thriving Frederikshavn region. It includes Frederikshavn Town and the fishing port of Skagen, where Scanel has sites.
A welder in our Service Department at the Orskov Group shipyard in Frederikshavn, Lene is one of three local stars of the recruitment campaign - for more on the advantages of living and working up North, see her in the Move North video and visit the Move North website.
We’re pleased to confirm that Scanel has just passed an IECEx audit with flying colours. Independent auditors from Nemko carried out the IECEx audit in our Electromechanical Department and Workshop in Frederikshavn. There were no non-conformities. All standards and regulations were met. Scanel retains, therefore, its certification to work with Ex motors that are certified for use in explosive atmospheres.
Scanel equipment already complies, of course, with the European ATEX directive. On behalf of our customers, we choose also to meet the strict requirements for the additional, voluntary international IECEx certificate. Well done to everyone in the Electromechanical Department on completing yet another successful audit.
Due to high levels of activity, our job-bank is open for new applications. We expect to hire more electricians and more welders in the near future - we are interested in hearing from skilled, service-minded candidates. To apply, register now in the Scanel job-bank here.
Scanel's Design & Engineering team and Marine Projects team are proud to be putting the finishing touches to a major installation on the Alondra at Karstensen's Shipyard in Skagen, Denmark.
The Alondra has been converted from a container ship to a livestock carrier. To ensure the most humane livestock conditions possible, shipowners Corral Lines specified higher ventilation, light and back-up requirements than required even by the strictest international regulations.
We are proud to be a part of this precision installation, which is due for delivery soon.
Photos by Thomas Lauritsen, leader of the on-site Marine Projects team, and used with kind permission of Karstenens’ Shipyard and Corral Line.
Scanel is all geared up for a festive weekend when more than 100 customers and business partners join us at the Scanel VIP event at Classic Race Aarhus.
The award-winning Classic Race festival promises to be spectacular, with more than 300 racing cars ranging from the 1930s to classic Formula One. There will also be lots of special activities and entertainment throughout the festival on Saturday (20th) and Sunday (21st).
More than 40,000 guests are expected to attend. 100 of those guests are our invited guests in the Scanel VIP marquee which has the best viewing spot on the whole track. We are pleased that so many of our business friends have accepted our invitation - we look forward to welcoming them all to a unique and lively event.
Our Marine Sales Manager Ivan Nørgård is busy making final preparations before he heads to Oslo for Nor-shipping 2017. It will be Ivan's seventh time representing Scanel at this international marine exhibition - he looks forward to meeting both old and new contacts there. If you visit Nor-Shipping between 30th May and 2nd June, you are guaranteed a great welcome at stand T03-50a where Scanel is exhibiting together with Hytek, Norisol and Orksov Group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
”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.