Quotes & stories

Arjan Spits

Senior Material Controller

While studying Logistics and Economics at the University of Rotterdam, I always pictured myself working in a “small” family-owned company. After spells at two multinationals, I’m now in my fifth year at Allseas, and can honestly say I do not  work for a “small” family-owned company. Allseas may be the smallest company I’ve worked for, but they think as big or even bigger than the others! This big-thinking mentality is what motivates me and makes me go to work with a smile. In which other companies can you say, I’m able to be part of writing heavy lift history and part of record pipelay projects?

I joined Allseas in early 2015 in Heusden when fabrication of the LCA skids for Pioneering Spirit’s topsides lift system was fully underway. A year later, I moved to BOYS to be part of the commercial projects team. I’ve since been around the world with Allseas, from the swamps of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the green north of Samsun, Turkey. I’ve experienced the scorching heat of Larnaca, Cyprus, and the Baltic winter of Kotka, Finland and Karlshamn in Sweden.

While overseas, I learned how adaptive and creative a material controller has to be to perform well in the variable offshore world. Your day is never the same – it can change in an instant, when the client or vessel demands something. One day you’re working a shift at a supply base, the next you’re on board a vessel to discuss current and upcoming projects, and the next you’re arranging urgent items to be send to the vessels.

In 2019, I became Senior Material Controller for the jacket lift system (JLS) project. I think that my previous experiences during my time in Heusden and during my travels will help bring this project material wise to a success.