Back at school after more than 25 years in the fleet

Press release   •   May 17, 2016 13:27 CEST

At the age of 57, Viggo Hvidberg now has a student ID card. “I need to improve and advance!”

Not many 57 year olds carry a student ID card and use it actively but that is exactly what ESVAGT’s Viggo Hvidberg is doing.

Originally trained home-trade master, he has had a busy 25 years with ESVAGT. But now he wants to upgrade and is training to be ship’s master:

“I can currently sail as master on vessels up to 3,000 tons. But ESVAGT’s vessels are becoming increasingly larger and if I want to make my career future-proof, I need to re-train,” says Viggo Hvidberg.

He is studying while working. During his spare time on board the vessel, he spends 3-5 hours a day studying and doing homework via e-learning. Back on shore, he stays in college at Skagen Skipperskole (Skagen Maritime College):

“It is hard at my age but when it’s something that really interests you, then it is all right. I need to upgrade! There are plenty of good years left in me yet and I am convinced that there are no limits to what I can achieve,” says Viggo Hvidberg:

“I want to be the one who decides what I can skipper and I want to be where the action is!”

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.