Frederikshavn still bet on offshore
Despite the current downturn in oil prices there is still great business potential in offshore oil & gas for Frederikshavn. Therefore, there continues to be a local business development strategy for the area. Erhvervshus Nord believes so.
"Just as in the shipbuilding industry there are still platforms that must have certain inspections conducted, upgrades done and retrofit, which is a market for our maritime service," says Niels Bay Christensen, corporate director of Erhvervshus Nord.
"Our companies have some incredibly talented people with the right skills to solve maintenance and repair services in the offshore industry. It is more difficult to run a business that also goes out into the world and solve problems, than we imagine. The skills of our local businesses is what we need to focus on and continue to have a strategy for," said Niels Bay Christensen.
The decline in the offshore market made the rig companies more open to other suppliers who can offer a competitive solution, according to Niels Bay Christensen.
"It is a unique opening in an otherwise conservative market where you usually select the safe and known solution. It therefore provides an opportunity for our local businesses that are strong on quality, delivery and flexible solutions," says Bay Christensen.
If the maritime sector in Frederikshavn has to exist at a high level in the offshore industry, it requires that there will be a primary actor - a so-called main contractor - who can have an agreement with the rig companies on service tasks on the platforms.
"It may be a foreign company which establish themselves locally, or local businesses that merge into a consortium to have the appeal to attract platforms and orders. With the right business strategy in this area there are many potential jobs offshore - some of them very visible in the form of drilling rigs in Frederikshavn Harbour, and perhaps even more in maintenance and repair services in the world."
Erhvervshus Nord is a business office, run by the three business associations in Frederikshavn, Skagen and Sæby, which together have about 550 member companies, and Frederikshavn Municipality, which provides financial support. The house's specialized consultants provide advice and coaching for businesses and entrepreneurs, and works with a wide range of stakeholders both locally, nationally and internationally to develop business. The goal is to generate economic growth, employment growth and growth in the level of competence
Source: Erhvervshus Nord / Maritime Denmark