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Experienced maritime leader is appointed Scanel COO

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:

OVS Offshore logo Scanel web

Thoke Flamgaard

OVS Sales & Projects Director

Tel: +45 2141 8982

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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

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.

Perfect safety record continues

  • Our QHSE department has been doing some fresh calculations. From 2008 to June 2016, our colleagues have worked 404,000 hours offshore on oil, gas & wind projects.

    Out of 404,000 hours, the LTI/LTA total time lost to injury or accident? 0 minutes.

    It's safe to say that we’re quite proud of our offshore colleagues and their perfect record.
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    Scanel electrician Søren Westerberg at work on a North Sea windmill

On course for the latest knowledge

  • We’re only experts because our staff are – and they keep their expertise up-to-date. Staff in all departments are offered further training throughout their career.

    In just the first six months of this year, Scanel staff completed 321 course units. Staff are booked on at least as many course units in the second half of the year.

    Courses range from project leadership to Helicopter Underwater Escape Training and from second languages to crane-driving.
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    Consultant Stig Toftgaard with Scanel engineers on a Project Leadership course

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    Scanel electricians & welders on a Stennevad fall-prevention course at our Skagen site

Ambitious expansion

  • 72 new colleagues in the past twelve months. 333 staff in total right now. Another 70 new colleagues expected to be hired before the end of this year.

    To facilitate Scanel’s continued expansion, the company is actively recruiting talented staff and actively planning to keep them.

    “We hire very talented people to start with, then offer them specialist training and education throughout their career,” says HR Manager Jens Ole Just Nielsen.

    Scanel has already achieved OHSAS-18001 certification for occupational health and safety management. Now the company is aiming even higher.

    “Our goal now is to make Scanel one of the top 10 workplaces in all of Denmark,’ says Jens Ole Just Nielsen.

    “To achieve that, we are focusing strongly on workplace culture. Respect, fairness and trust must be natural parts of everyday work life. We also encourage networks across departments and site locations.”

    The company’s excellent reputation depends on excellent staff, says CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen. “To attract the best people, we make sure Scanel is a company that people are happy to work for and proud to work for.”

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    ‘With a view to a great career.’ Due to expansion, Scanel is actively recruiting in the national media.

New HR Manager

Skilled staff with a genuine commitment to their work are key to Scanel’s success. That is why the company is focused not only on attracting them, but on creating a workplace that makes them want to stay.

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“It is fundamental to our business strategy that great staff want to work for us and want to keep working for us,” says Jens Ole Just Nielsen, new Scanel HR Manager.

On-going training, further education and individual career development are therefore key to his personnel strategy. He also puts great weight on mutual trust and respect between management and staff.

Jens Ole Just Nielsen’s own career spans not only personnel management but also the maritime business.

A trained shipbuilder, he started out at Aalborg Værft. For over 20 years in the Royal Danish Navy, he provided career guidance to thousands of constables, sergeants and officers. Immediately prior to taking up the Scanel position, he was HR Manager at Hydratech Industries which – like Scanel – supplies the offshore, maritime and wind industries.

“I am very pleased to have joined Scanel,” says Jens Ole Just Nielsen. “I look forward to working with staff in all positions and departments. Respect for one another and a sense of community – that is the key both to a great workplace and a great workforce.”

Safety at work is no accident

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Since 2008, Scanel staff from all sites have worked 392,000 hours in demanding offshore conditions without losing a single minute to injury.

The team at the Aalborg-based Wind department alone has worked 11,000 hours offshore and 87,200 hours onshore without even a superficial incident.

“Even the most minor injury must be registered as a Lost Time Incident,” explains Project Manager Claus Nielsen. “More serious injuries must be registered as Lost Time Accidents.”

“This team logged its first hour of work when we started on a German project in December 1st 2011. Since then, we haven’t had to file one single injury report.”

A perfect safety record doesn’t happen by accident. ‘Safety is a part of everyday life in all departments,’ says Mr. Nielsen. ‘There is such strong, visible focus on it that it is a natural priority for everybody. All our site managers and foremen focus on it, all the staff focus on it, management focuses on it.”

Customers focus on it too. That’s why an outstanding safety record is necessary not just for staff well-being, but for Sellihca pre-qualification and for OHSAS 18001 healthy & safety approval. Scanel is approved for both.

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Surveyed: Technical staff at 13 customers at project completion January-September 2018

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