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Safety at work is no accident

Soeren Westerberg Klaus Kieseler

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.

Pioneering Port

AA Havnekontor Frederikshavn 201015  25 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.

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IPad solution gives busy port staff full coverage while they’re on the move 

Electricians of the right calibre

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Congratulations to apprentice electrician David Seip on winning second place overall in the SkillsDenmark regional championship for talented vocational education students.

David is an apprentice in Scanel’s Orskov Yard service group and studies at EUC Nord technical college in Frederikshavn.

Championship finalists had to sit a one-hour written exam and carry out a day-long solo installation task. The finalists had to install complicated sensor lighting in a bathroom.

‘Our installations were judged down to the absolute millimetre,’ says David. ‘It was a challenge, but nothing compared to ship installation, which we do every day here.'

EUC Nord chose David to compete as one of their two top students against apprentices from all over Northern Denmark.

“We are very proud of David,’ said Morten David of EUC Nord. “The task he completed in the regional final required great technical knowledge and extreme hands-on precision. Scanel can be
proud of the fact that it trains electricians of this calibre.”

New subsidiary in England

Maja Sørensen (far left) and Søren Christian Jensen (far right) with colleagues from Scanel’s Engineering department
In response to increased customer activity in the UK wind sector, Scanel International has established a subsidiary in Middlesbrough, England.

“Our most fundamental job is to be wherever the customer needs us to be,” says Scanel CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen, who recently visited Middlesbrough with a delegation of Danish business leaders.

A number of Scanel customers have become increasingly involved in wind energy projects that are based in or off the coast of England.

“Therefore we decided to establish Scanel in Middlesbrough. We moved quickly, just as our customers do. Now we are always at the ready there, both as regards personnel and as regards local UK administration and regulation.”

In response to increased customer activity and increased orders, Scanel has also hired more staff and created new positions in a number of departments.

To ensure that customer service levels stay high in a growth area, the new position of Service Coordinator has been created in the Electronics Department. Jens Otto Sørensen, formerly of Danish Yachts, has taken up the role.

The project management department has expanded with the addition of energy technologist and qualified electrician Christian Hald Madsen as project manager. 

The Design & Engineering department has also expanded with the addition of technical assistant Maja Sørensen, Blueprints & Documentation, and electrical engineer Søren Christian Jensen.


net1 logoA fast and properly reliable 4G connection is now available at sea and offshore via mobile broadband solutions from Net 1. Scanel International is now a representative of the Danish-based technology company.

The Net 1 network’s 450 MHz frequency means that the range is up to 10 times longer than other frequencies. The range from each mast is up to 60 km, and even greater along the Swedish and Norwegian coast.

The final mast in the Danish network was upgraded on Bornholm on August 27th. The new 4G router speed can reach up to 30Mbps. Upgrading of the network in Norway and Sweden is currently underway.

For further information about maritime and offshore communication solutions using Net1 4G contact the Navigation and Communication team at Scanel.

New generation of specialists

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Knowledge sharing: Scanel apprentices with masters of their trades
Offshore, marine and wind installation has been added to the curriculum at Danish technical institutes following a direct consultation process with market leaders including Scanel International.

Electrical, electromechanical and electronic training with focus on these three areas was introduced at several institutes when the 2015-16 academic year commenced in August.

At the same time, Scanel expanded its renowned apprenticeship programme. Previously it employed 10 apprentices at any given time. It has just increased that to 13, and in 2016 will employ 16.

“Electrical work for the marine, offshore and wind industries is a specialist trade within a specialist trade,” says Scanel HR Manager Stig Knudsen.

“There was a clear lack of new and specialised electricians. We’re one of the biggest players on the market, so we led the way. There were no specialist courses, so we had to train our own people.”

“Marine, offshore and wind power require specific expertise. There are also niche skills within those segments. For instance, there’s a difference between working on a new ship or an upgrade. So we hired apprentices, gave them specialist training, then employed them when they qualified.”

Scanel was therefore asked to advise when Region Nordjylland [the authority for the Northern Denmark Region] recently developed vocational training programmes designed to meet the needs of major employers.

The result is the new Ship’s Electrician training programme at EUC Nord technical college in Frederikshavn, and focus on offshore and marine skills for Electromechanical Technicians (Zealand Institute of Business and Technology in Nykøbing-Falster) and Electronic Technicians (Viborg Technical School).

New Scanel apprentices are now required to complete three of these selective subjects:
- Electrical installation; ship
- Electrical installation; offshore
- Electrical installation; wind
- Lighting design and control
- Automation.

We applaud the institutes for focussing on specific future needs.” says Stig Knudsen. “We are pleased to match that commitment by taking on even more apprentices.

Master of apprenticeships

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Steffen Persson (l) and Jonas Gadensgaard, who recently completed their apprenticeships and now continue as full-time, qualified  tradesmen with Scanel
At any given time, 12-16 young men and women are doing electrical or electromechanical apprenticeships at Scanel. That makes Scanel one of the single biggest employers of apprentices in Northern Denmark.

Since it was founded in 1991, Scanel has consistently hired its own apprentices on a permanent, full-basis immediately after they qualified.

“Our apprenticeship programme is positive both for us and for them,” says Dennis Lavrsen, Scanel Department Manager and apprentice master.

“We give young people a specialist qualification, and we get future staff who are trained to the high level of expertise that we require.”

Every apprentice at Scanel has a master, typically the manager of the department in which he or she is based. Each master is a mentor for his apprentice, providing individual guidance and support.

An apprenticeship takes from three to four years. The apprentice works and learns hands-on at Scanel, interspersed with educational blocks of 8-10 weeks at the relevant technical institute.

The master from Scanel traditionally attends his apprentice’s graduation ceremony, wherever it takes place. Just recently, a Scanel master drove a 600 km. round-trip to attend an apprentice’s graduation at an institute in the far  corner of the country.

 “We attend to support the apprentice and also because we remember what it was like ourselves,” says Dennis Lavrsen. “I still clearly remember the day I received my certificate of completion. My master was at the ceremony and that made me feel genuinely proud.”

Being stuck in a classroom is not really me. I prefer practice to theory. The apprenticeship has been great. I’ve worked on different projects, often from beginning to end. That’s a great way to get experience. All the others on the team are very supportive.
- Steffen Persson (22), who has just successfully completed his apprenticeship. He is now employed as a qualified technician in Scanel’s Electromechanical department.

I’ve never been crazy about school. I like practical work. The apprenticeship was very hands-on. There was a lot of support. Everybody shares their knowledge. I was never just left to figure everything out for myself, and at the same time I was given the opportunity to work independently.
- Jonas Gadensgaard (20), who has just successfully completed his apprenticeship. He is now employed as a qualified electrical installer in Scanel’s Orskov Yard Service department.

“QHSE is common sense”


”Standards are a form of self-help.”
New Manager Tina Bjerregaard, who has taken QHSE
over from HR Manager Stig Knudsen.

Health and safety doesn’t happen by accident. Nor does quality. Quality, Health, Safety & Environment is therefore one of the most prominent departments in the Scanel organisation.

From clothing in the changing room to strategies in the boardroom, QHSE processes are a natural part of every aspect of everyday life for everyone at Scanel.

Since Scanel earned its first ISO certificate in 2009, HR & QHSE Manager Stig Knudsen has led the company to certification by more than 30 international quality and safety bodies.

Due to accelerated growth, Scanel has now created an independent QHSE department under new manager Tina Bjerregaard, with Stig Knudsen focusing full-time on HR.

‘QHSE is basically about common sense,’ says Tina Bjerregaard. “Standards and norms are just a form of self-help. They make it easier for each of us to manage our tasks and structure our work.”

“Standards and regulations keep us on our toes. They make us think about the way we actually work. In my experience, that motivates everyone to work better.”

“Every time we identify optimum practices, it benefits us and it benefits our customers. The positive results can be seen in everything from the development of more environmentally-friendly product solutions to healthy staff.”

“By way of example, Scanel’s sick leave statistic for the first half of this year is 1.9%. That’s compared to a Danish average of 5.1%. QHSE processes take good care of the staff. Staff take good care of themselves. Then our reliable workforce takes good care of customers.”

"Both the market and the company are expanding. We have more staff, more sites and more customers. We have therefore created a separate QHSE department. The more the company focuses on quality and safety, the more the staff do."

Stig Knudsen, HR Manager, who has
handed the QHSE department over to Tina Bjerregaard

“Increased speed & safety”

  ”New level of manoeuvrability.”
The J/U Wind. Photo courtesy of DBB Jack-Up.
More room to manoeuvre and more efficiency – both company and crew get more out of daily operations after a total electrical redesign on board two DBB Jack-Up vessels.

Scanel created a total electrical solution for DBB Jack-Up’s vessels the J/U Wind and the J/U Wind Pioneer, from concept and design through to installation, commissioning and classification documentation.

“Scanel helped us upgrade the electrical systems, which increased those vessels’ speed, safety and efficiency,” says Preben Hansen, Technical Operations Manager at DBB Jack-Up Services A/S.

Danish-based DBB Jack-Up is a specialised service provider to the offshore wind industry focusing on operations and maintenance services, decommissioning and installation support.

Work on both vessels was carried out at Orskov Yard in Frederikshavn, Northern Denmark, where Scanel International also has its headquarters.

“The renovation of the Wind Pioneer was so extensive that it was almost like building anew, but with the extra challenge that you have to design for a pre-existing space,” says Finn Olesen, Scanel Electrical Engineer and Designer.

“That’s what makes it interesting. It is always exciting to design new solutions for an existing ship.”

The Scanel team that worked on the J/U Wind renovation also relished the task. “We made the switch from diesel engines to diesel electrical propulsion. That gives the vessel a new level of manoeuvrability and flexibility,” says Per Melchiorsen, Scanel Electrical Engineer and Designer.

Other improvements included redesigned electrical spaces which create more physical room for the crew. There is now, for example, an extra deck and cabin space for on-board accommodation for the installation crew.

DBB Jack-Up: ‘Can do. Will do.’ Read more here

New hangars for new helicopters

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  Many years of cooperation:
The Danish Defence Forces, Orskov Yard and Scanel.
A 30-strong team of Scanel electricians and welders is preparing to go on board the Royal Danish Navy’s Thetis class inspection ships when they arrive for major renovation work at the Port of Frederikshavn in Denmark.

Orskov Yard has just won the order to renovate hangars on two of the Navy’s inspection frigates, with an option for two more. Scanel International A/S is Orskov Yard’s subcontractor for all the electrical work.

Each of the ice-reinforced vessels has a landing deck for one helicopter and a hangar large enough to contain it without folding the tail.

The hangars are being rebuilt and resized in order to accommodate the Danish Defence Forces’ new Seahawk helicopters. They were originally built to accommodate smaller Lynx helicopters.

The Thetis renovatiophoton project is the single biggest sub-contracting order that Scanel has received from Orskov Yard to date. The two Northern Danish companies have worked closely together on many projects for more than 15 years.

“We are naturally very pleased to have been awarded this job,” says Department Manager Dennis Lavrsen, project leader for the Scanel team that will work on the Thetis project.

“We have a lot of experience working both for Orskov Yard and on both new and renovated military vessels.”

“It is always a good experience because all parties cooperate to the maximum degree. Everybody involved knows that two things are equally important – the work must be of uncompromising quality and the work must be delivered absolutely on time.”

The Royal Danish Navy’s 1ST Squadron Thetis class inspection ships are ocean patrol frigates. The Thetis, Triton, Vædderen and Hvidbjørnen were built in the early 1990s.  

Work on the vessels will begin in Frederikshavn at the end of July. Renovation work on each ship will take 21 weeks. 

Exceeding expectations

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  54 new staff have come on board since January, including in Skagen (pictured)
On January 1st 2015 Scanel CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen predicted: “We expect to hire up to 50 more staff this year.”

On June 1st 2015 Scanel HR Manager Stig Knudsen announced: ‘“We have taken on 54 new people since January and expect to hire more in the second half of the year.”

“With the new staff who started today, Scanel now employs 334 people.”

The accelerated expansion is due to a continual increase in orders from customers in each of Scanel’s business areas.

“We have expanded our teams in every sector,” says Stig Knudsen. “We needed more people for marine, wind, oil and gas projects.”

The new staff are based at various Scanel sites in Denmark and Sweden. Many Scanel staff also work both short-term and long-term at customer sites all over the world.

The 54 staff taken on in the first half of the year include electricians, engineers, electronic engineers, welders, project managers and customer service staff.

There are a number of open vacancies at Scanel at present. The company also invites unsolicited job applications from skilled technical staff. See more here

The right vacancies for the right staff

  Claus Søgaard Poulsen
CEO Scanel International A/S
Due to continued growth and increased project activity, Scanel International A/S is expanding its team of skilled technical staff.

 “We are expanding continually,” says CEO Claus Søgaard Poulsen. “There are an increased number of orders and projects both in Denmark and abroad.”

“It is essential for us that we always maintain the highest level of customer service. We make sure, therefore, that we always have the right staff with the right competencies to meet all of our customers’ requirements.”

The company has therefore hired a significant number of new electricians, engineers and other technical staff since the start of this year, and is seeking to hire more.

“Scanel is a very dynamic, highly skilled company,’ says Mr. Poulsen. “That is because we take great care when hiring – we make sure to employ very dynamic, highly skilled staff.”

Aside from advertised vacancies, the company always welcomes unsolicited job applications from candidates with technical skills.

Candidates will be considered for positions based at a number of Scanel locations including Esbjerg, Frederikshavn, Aalborg and Skagen, and also for offshore positions.

Scanel International A/S is an OHSAS 1800 [Occupational health & safety management] certified workplace.

A perfect safety record

Thoke Flamgaard (l), Offshore, and
Stig Knudsen, QA Manager
300,000 hours working in demanding offshore conditions – without losing one tiny second to one tiny injury.

Safety rules for working in offshore environments are famously stringent. All staff must log even superficial injuries that are sustained while working offshore.

That is the perfect record maintained since Scanel entered the offshore market in 2008.

Scanel QA must record every logged injury in Lost Time Incident (minor) and Lost Time Accident (more serious) reports.

The reports are used for internal assessment. They are also required by independent quality auditors.

‘Over seven years, we’ve logged 300,000 working hours,’ says Thoke Flamgaard, Scanel Offshore. ‘The total time lost due to incidents or accidents: nul.’

“All the Offshore staff are rightly proud of their safety record. They work in demanding conditions at sea, often at heights of up to 100m. And yet to date, nobody has even got a splinter in their finger.”

An excellent safety record is essential to achieve Sellihca pre-qualification and OHSAS 18001 staff safety, health and security approval.

"It’s critically important for quality certification and for our customers,” says Scanel QA manager Stig Knudsen. “And it’s even more important for everyone who works here. Staff safety is our number one priority."

Staff safety cert for Scanel

Staff safety cert for Scanel

”OHSAS 18001 is all about people,” says Stig Knudsen, Scanel HR & QA manager. “That’s precisely why it is a difficult quality accreditation for companies to achieve.”

Scanel has achieved it. Or rather, Scanel’s people achieved it. After an intensive three-day audit at the company headquarters in Frederikshavn, Det Norske Veritas has just granted Scanel OHSAS 18001 approval.

“Scanel already has ISO 9001 and 14001 approval. Those certifications are about managing quality and the environment,” says Stig Knudsen. “Those are things we can control. 18001 is about the workplace environment. It’s about people and behaviour, so it’s harder to achieve.”

OHSAS 18001 focuses on staff safety, health and security. To be certified, a company must meet stringent requirements about everything from rates of sick leave to the distance between a lunch room and the nearest handbasin.

More orders, more staff

More orders, more staff

Scanel expects to hire another 50 staff in order to meet demand for products and services.

“In 2014, turnover increased by more than 20%,” reports Claus Søgaard Poulsen, Scanel Managing Director. “We expect similar growth this year.”

Scanel currently employs around 300 staff. The company has won a number of major new orders within the marine, offshore, oil, gas and wind sectors.

‘We are providing more products, services and staff for projects including floating hotels, new ship builds, platform renovations & pollution control. We have hired a number of experienced new staff recently and expect to hire up to 50 more during the year.”

The new staff are expected to include electricians, mechanics, fitters and project managers.

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