LARS SVANE MADSEN
Educational background: Naval engineer
Job title: Naval Architect, MSc.
What is your background?
When is was a kid, I dreamt of becoming a veterinarian, but I didn’t quite have the grades and eventually I ended up sailing for Maersk. I got a taste for the maritime world but didn’t fancy the part that included being away from family and friends for very long periods of time, so I chose to study naval engineering at DTU in Lyngby, Copenhagen.
How did you end up in OSK-Offshore?
OSK-Offshore were looking for a naval engineer, and I took a long shot and applied for a student job. And got it. When I got my degree, I converted my student job into a full-time job.
What are your tasks at OSK-Offshore?
I’m pretty good at math and I do a lot of stability calculations - primarily on wind turbine installation vessels to avoid capsizing. And I do numerical seakeeping analysis to determine the motions and accelerations of the ship subjected to waves, wind, and current. I think my job is quite interesting because we always try to push the boundaries of innovation while still prioritising safety above all.
Do you see the maritime world as a conservative one?
Yes and no. Off course, the natural focus on security and profitability in the industry results in a natural conservative approach. As someone who likes structure, I think this is positive. But on the other hand, this world also has to fit into modern people’s life. I had twins back in 2015 and OSK-Offshore is a super flexible place to be when it comes to work/life-balance. It is possible for me to pick up the kids now and then and work from home when it’s needed, and aside from the porofessional challenges, this flexibility is one of the reasons that I have stayed in this job. People with my education and experience could easily find another job, but this place really gives me what I need.
What is the best part of working in OSK-Offshore?
I think the culture is outstanding. As I said before, the industry is quite conservative, but this place is not a dusty, hierarchical company as one might expect. We have a great culture, and that is something I prioritise a lot. My approach is, that it should be fun to go to work. We spend more time with our colleagues than with our families, so it must be enjoyable to be at the office. That’s why we for example have board games-nights, and the first time we did it, more than half of the Copenhagen-office showed up. Also, for more than three years we have been playing a lot of table football in the lunch break. As a true engineer - and lover of numbers - I have created an Excel-sheet that keeps track of results, rankings, and seedings. Personally, I have played more than 800 games. That’s quite a few lunch breaks …