One does not simply cruise into Lindø Industripark, a one million square-metre site filled with cranes and office buildings and part of the port of Odense in Denmark.
Founded in 1803, Lindø Industripark is Denmark's only canal harbor. In the wake of the Lindø shipyard decline, which saw the discontinuation of shipbuilding activities in 2009, things are finally on the rise for the industry park. Today, the park is letting areas and buildings to companies within the fields of offshore wind power and heavy production.
Currently, the industry park of Lindø hosts more than 80 companies. Among the tenants at the industry park are Caverion's Danish marine and crane service departments. They maintain and service cranes around the area. Most of the work is done at heights.
John loves Lindø
One of Caverion’s service technicians working on the cranes and buildings at the industry park is John Sølvberg Jørgensen, 52. Following his apprenticeship at Lindø in 1987, he joined Semco in 1991 and worked there until 2012.
"I left Lindø shipyard because of the hours back then. But when I got the offer to return there wasn't a doubt in my mind; once a Lindø employee, always a Lindø employee. I like it here, and I like my colleagues at Caverion," he says.
Almost everything is big at Lindø. Cranes and buildings tower from their industrial surroundings.
"This is just one of the cranes which the team and I service and maintain," says John, climbing to the crane mast 110 meters above the ground. The panorama views to nearby Munkebo town and island Samsø are breathtaking.
"We enjoy each other's company here at Lindø. The team comprises five smiths and five electricians, and there's a great team spirit. I enjoy helping our clients too. With 98 per cent of our time devoted to servicing clients at the Lindø industry park, I spend almost all of my working hours in here," explains John.