Defined sense of team at ESVAGT

Press release   •   Apr 17, 2019 09:00 CEST

'We work for a well-known shipping company and we save lives. Our work has purpose', says Martin Ørbæk Nielsen, Senior Strategic Procurement Manager at ESVAGT.

My first 100 days – Martin Ørbæk Nielsen, Senior Strategic Procurement Manager

‘I was proud from the first day I joined ESVAGT and I sense that I have many colleagues that feel just the same. We work for a well-known shipping company and we save lives. Our work has purpose. You can feel that this is something that matters to people. If you ask a colleague about their work, it’s hard to stop them talking again!’

‘Over the first few months, I had stacks of supplier agreements that were due for renewal at the end of the year. It was a demanding task, and with lots of suppliers come lots of agreements that need continual reviewing. I need to negotiate the most favourable conditions with our suppliers and at the same time, ensure that the resulting agreement is practicable for our colleagues that need to work with the contract. It is no good optimising on price if it brings drawbacks for my colleagues, so I need to be part of the team to be able to contribute positively. Here at ESVAGT, everybody is really good at making new colleagues feel welcome and part of the company. There is a really defined sense of being a team, which you can see when you look at how we sit in the canteen. The tables fill up as people arrive – departments don’t just sit together and talk about the same things.’

‘ESVAGT is an entirely new branch for me and there has been – and continues to be – a great deal to learn. There is also potential in improving the terms and conditions we have. The shipping company has been focused on cost reduction and optimising terms and conditions, and that is a road which I will continue to follow.’


ESVAGT is a dedicated provider of safety and support at sea and a market leader within offshore wind solutions. 

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

We service offshore wind farms and have a fleet of dedicated Service Operation Vessels (SOV), which ESVAGT pioneered in 2010. The SOVs provide accommodation for technicians, spare time facilities, offices and conference room, storage for small turbine parts, workshops, etc. The SOV offers flexible 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 approximately 900 employees on- and offshore.