Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

The service team is getting even stronger!

This month, Renate and Astri started working at AKVA group’s service station and main workshop at Hitra. The workload is growing fast, so the women already have their hands full.

Akvagroup Asa

Renate Ottvad and Astri Solli Lorentzen, both industrial mechanics, agrees that the first impression has been excellent: Friendly workmates, varied work tasks and visits to accommodating clients is a good recipe for fun workdays moving forward. 

“I previously worked as a welder and industrial mechanic at a boat building firm. Working in AKVA group, means I will get the opportunity to travel and work with products on-site. That’s a nice change,” Renate says.  

Her colleague Astri has been working offshore for several years before joining AKVA group. For her, it is a clear advantage that the majority of my workdays will be spent at the service station at Hitra.

“Now I have a really enjoyable job that still allows me to spend more time with my family,” she smiles.  

Growing service team
The service team at Sandstad, Hitra currently counts 12 employees. During the course of spring, they will become a team of 13 when Børge Gjertås joins the team of service technicians. According to Service Manager Odd-Jan Håland, the service area is an important priority for AKVA group.

“We’re constantly getting new clients and have ramped up at several locations to ensure we’re able to give our customers the best possible service. In addition to the new employees at Hitra, we’ve also hired Christian Hammersnes as Support and Training Advisor in Trondheim and are in the process of employing new service technicians in Tromsø and Sortland. We’re also looking for new service technicians to a new service station at Rørvik,” he says.

In total, AKVA group’s service department will count up to 50 employees before the summer.

See AKVA group’s available positions here

At Rørvik, AKVA group is moving into new facilities with Egersund Trading. The ambition for the new service station, which will open in February, is to create a center of competence for the aquaculture industry.   

“The new service station is shaped in the same mold as our facility at Hitra: Our clients will find everything they need at one place and can collect or drop off goods either by boat or vehicles. This gives us a proximity to our clients that is very important to us,” Håland says.

A nice «girl’s job»
Renate and Astri are not the only women in AKVA group’s service organization – but they are definitely a minority. That is nothing but an advantage, the girls state.

“Working in a male-dominated environment means less drama and a fun, easy-going work environment where everyone tells it like it is,” Astri summarizes and gets a huge, agreeing smile from Renate.

“Women will often have a different point of view on work methods and how to solve issues, and often have a special ability to promote well-being. We value what they bring to the table and would love to have more women on the team!” Håland concludes.  

Associated companies:

Related news

Latest news

New barge to Målsøval Fiskeoppdrett

Akva Master 320 Classic is a modern feed barge optimized for efficient operations.

Supply chain management survey indicates greater pressure on companies to demonstrate sustainability

Companies are struggling to take efficient action across their supply chains, while facing increased demands from stakeholders.

From stamp to screen: DNV GL issues over 50,000 electronic certificates

Since the launch in mid-October 2017, DNV GL has issued approximately 50,000 certificates, 



New Zealand Navy turns to Vestdavit for hands-on experience

Since 2000, Vestdavit has supplied 14 davits for seven NZ Navy vessels.

DNV GL and AEP Ohio win Energy Award for helping new energy efficient technology in ultra-low temperature freezers reach the market

Stirling ultra-low temperature freezers now ENERGY STAR certified

New 4K Displays Enable Cutting-Edge Multi-Data Fishing Vessel Bridge Solution from Furuno Norway

Newbuild Danish trawler 'Gitte Henning' first to benefit from large-format, ultra high definition bridge display innovation.

New DNV GL class notations aim to improve stern tube bearing performance

In the “Shaft align” class notations and the revised main class requirements for single stern tube bearing installations,

DNV GL provides due diligence to institutional lenders for investment in 659 MW Walney offshore wind project

Through DNV GL’s technical assessment to the group of lenders,