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.
"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.
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- "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.
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 Sales & Projects Director
Tel: +45 2141 8982
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
- 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.
Scanel electrician Søren Westerberg at work on a North Sea windmill
- 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.
Consultant Stig Toftgaard with Scanel engineers on a Project Leadership course
Scanel electricians & welders on a Stennevad fall-prevention course at our Skagen site
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
Staff at the busy Port of Frederikshavn can now see and document every single thing that moves - while on the move themselves.
It is a really flexible system,’ says Port Assistant Jeppe Mariegaard Høgenhaug. ‘The port is being expanded, which means continual changes. I can now instantly redefine areas of surveillance any way I want, as often as I want.”To ensure maximum coverage for the staff themselves, the system has been further developed to run seamlessly on their iPads.They have just increased and intensified coverage of the harbour via a MaxSea TZ Coastal Monitoring solution that Scanel has integrated with the port’s existing systems.
‘We can also tell the system if there are individual vessels that can be expected in particular areas.
That way, we have total surveillance and full alerts, but we avoid an alarm going off every time the ferry from Læsø island sails in.’
’It records absolutely everything, in every weather, so it is especially good for documentation,’ the port assistant explains.
‘If there’s been a collision, we will have a recording that shows and documents exactly what happened. At any second, we can go back to any second over the last 14 days and recreate the situation at any point in the harbour.’
This pioneering integrated system was implemented by Scanel electronic engineers in consultation with staff at Port of Frederikshavn.
IPad solution gives busy port staff full coverage while they’re on the move