A future ahead

Press release   •   Feb 01, 2016 08:41 CET

Young people with a chequered past can turn their lives around and look forward to a promising future with Headspace. ESVAGT offers support.

Along with a dozen other large local companies, ESVAGT has chosen to support the local division of Headspace in Esbjerg.

Headspace offers anonymous and free advice to children and young people aged from 12 to 25; young people who need to be given another chance or a push in the right direction.

For ESVAGT, it was important to follow up on its commitment to support the project with real action, which is why two candidates from Headspace have already been on work experience.

“We are somewhat side stepping our normal employment policy but in for a penny, in for a pound,” says Nick Vejlgaard Ørskov, Head of People/HR for ESVAGT.

Stefan Eriksen from the Headspace programme was employed on work experience after a thorough interview with captain Jann Bach from the crew change vessel, the ’Esvagt Beta’:

“Our starting point was the desire to take our share of social responsibility. This, however, had to be on terms that the crew of the ’Esvagt Beta’ could agree to. Jann and Stefan had a good talk. Stefan introduced himself and was open and honest about himself and his past,” says Nick Vejlgaard Ørskov.

This was something that all parties were pleased about, explains Jann Bach:

“Stefan was completely open about his past, first to me and later to the other crew members. They accepted his openness and his past very well. We had discussed it thoroughly before Stefan came on board and everyone agreed that he deserved a new chance. This was not something they said lightly; they really wanted to do this and took very good care of Stefan. I almost thought we have a crew of nursery nurses on board,” says Jann Bach.

He points out that the crew of the ’Esvagt Beta’ could tell that Stefan was going to take this second chance very seriously:

“He approached the opportunity with gusto, humbleness and hard work. He might not have had it easy up to now but he wanted to create a new life for himself and has done well to take himself out of the rut. This is something that the entire crew respected,” says Jann Bach.

The short work experience intro period went so well that it was extended and eventually replaced by a stint at the Søfartsskolen (Maritime School) in Svendborg. On 1 January, Stefan Eriksen started work on the ‘Esvagt Capella’ as non-able bodied seaman, where he still works today.

Stefan Eriksen has read and approved the article but does not wish to contribute to it.


Stefan Eriksen is not the only youth ESVAGT and Headspace have worked together to help. Jann Bach and the crew of the ’Esvagt Beta’ have just started a similar process with a new trainee.

ESVAGT is a dedicated provider of safety and support at sea, founded on an experienced and well-trained offshore crew and unmatched rescue capabilities.

We support the offshore Oil & Gas industries with a wide range of specialized services: Standby, Emergency Response and Resque Vessels (ERRV), Oil spill response, Firefighting, Tanker assists, Rig moves, Supply services and Interfield transfer of cargo and personnel.

In 2010, ESVAGT brought the dedicated offshore wind Service Operation Vessels (SOV) to the market. The SOVs provide accommodation for up to 40 technicians, storage for small turbine parts and a workshop, plus personnel and equipment transfer capabilities by either Walk-to-Work gangway system or Safe Transfer Boats.

ESVAGT was founded in 1981 and has a fleet of more than 40 vessels and more than 900 employees on- and offshore.