08 May 2017
The large players of the offshore industry should be open and proactively seek innovation at SMCs and start-ups. It benefits the entire industry, thinks Verner Andersen, Vice President at Semco Maritime, who e.g. cooperates with Scale-Up Offshore participants.
”We get innovation and the small companies get access to a market and production machinery they would not otherwise get. It is win-win for both parties”.
Vice President Verner Andersen, Semco Maritime, is not in doubt that a close cooperation between large companies, minor start-ups or entrepreneurial companies is of benefit to both parties - and the industry all in all.
To a great extent, Semco Maritime uses the cooperation with minor companies to drive the innovation. That makes you more innovative:
”Many small start-ups, for example more of the participants in Scale-Up Offshore, have a strong, innovative product or idea to which they are dedicated, but they need the set-up, which can implement the vision to the customers in the industry”, says Verner Andersen:
”We have that set-up and we can suitably look at the matter from the other side: That we to some extent are oppressed with our big machinery and maybe have lost some of the innovation power, which the small companies have. By cooperation, we benefit both us and them”, says Verner Andersen.
Semco Maritime is a mentor to Real Safety under the Scale-Up Offshore auspices and additionally, they use subcontractors for innovation. According to Verner Andersen, Semco Maritime has presently a handful of suppliers who contribute innovation in areas which Semco Maritime do not deal with:
”It might be in areas where we probably have a need but do not want to interfere to the required extent. In that case, a trustful and good cooperation is quite often a better alternative for both parties”, says Verner Andersen.
He requests that the large players of the offshore industry are both open to cooperate and proactively seek innovation at SMCs and start-ups.
”It benefits the entire industry when we cooperate. The oil crisis has contributed positively to the fact that more persons have become aware of cooperation. It has softened the very conservative approach which has characterised offshore oil/gas. We seek cooperation e.g. under the Offshoreenergy.dk auspices or in the network. It can both be if we want to get some tasks solved or by contacting partners who we think can contribute something to our business. It adds innovation power to us and it is very beneficial”, says Verner Andersen.