Expertise in work and recovery

What distinguishes a successful company from an exceptional one? The answer is quite simple: the staff and their skills. That is why FCR Finland values its skilled and motivated employees. Approximately half of the employees hold a university degree, and people are encouraged to develop their skills actively. 

By looking after our employees and keeping them content, we also ensure that our customers are satisfied. Employees suggest further training modules that interest them on their initiative. No one is forced to attend a course. Instead, the employees are motivated and willing to create ideas.

Employers that are open to learning stand out from the competition

We think employers open to learning new things and developing their operating models stand out from their international competitors. Businesses rely on projects to an increasing extent. That is why project management and project performance are increasingly important skills. 

Project managers are offered the opportunity to complete a project management training module to acquire a certification. It is an excellent way to indicate your expertise and provides a concrete foundation upon which you can build your career in project management.

Looking after well-being is also part of work

In addition to professional skills, FCR also raises its employees’ awareness of their personal well-being. The shipbuilding industry is a demanding line of business in which particular attention to coping must be paid.

FCR has arranged occupational well-being training in order to highlight the significance of a healthy diet and exercise on personal well-being. For example, everyone willing was offered the opportunity to try out the Firstbeat products that analyze recovery, stress, and quality of sleep.

Firstbeat products were also used in a project in Spain. The data acquired indicated that recovery is often neglected in stressful environments. It also shows us how important it is to rest after a long docking period. 

Investments in well-being improve the mood of the employees and the quality of work and promote FCR Finland’s attractiveness as an employer. We aim to recruit team players who are motivated, proactive, and passionate about shipbuilding.

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Like father, like sons. Shipbuilding through generations

Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice. This proverb has been proven accurate in the Visasalo family not only once but twice.

It has already been 24 years since Jukka Visasalo, FCR’s current Director of Operations,  received a phone call from a friend who was looking for a reliable shipbuilder for a month-long project. 

“First, I was mainly involved with projects on cabins, but as their production became more serialized, I became interested in the public areas and restaurants of boats. Almost by coincidence, we established our jointly owned limited company, FCR Finland, in 2009. The first project completed by the company was the modernization of the buffet restaurant of Viking Isabella over a docking period of two weeks.”

“FCR is renowned for its agility, and the attitude of our staff is praised. Our work environment is open and fair. We have managed to find people who are able to adjust well. Professionals who are not only motivated by their salary but who feel passionate about their work,”

Jukka Visasalo

Shipbuilding and refurbishment, in particular, need to be done according to a tight schedule. Ships only generate revenue when they are operable, so they are docked for as short periods as possible for alteration work purposes.

“Our management of materials is heavily based on the Lean philosophy. One refurbishment project may require a hundred containers of materials for FCR, and we are only one of several parties involved. “

The next generation of refurbishment

This article features 60% of the five male representatives of the Visasalo family. Why have Viktor and Verneri followed in their father’s footsteps? Did the father bring his work home or take his sons to work? 

“There must have been something wrong with our heads. Seven years ago, all three of us were about to travel to New Caledonia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, for a project, but Verneri was left out. 17-year-olds are considered to be child labor there,” the sons say, laughing. 

Viktor has already traveled to 50 countries for work in his 10 years at FCR. His father’s record is far superior, of course. The youngest of the trio, Verneri, is based in Finland, where he is in charge of logistics, among other things.

“In more than 20 years, the level of occupational safety and general work ethic has improved remarkably. Different teams of builders compete with each other, but whenever a ship is docked, the companies all pull together.”

“We were involved in establishing the legendary Finnish Shipbuilding Mafia with its tongue-in-cheek name. Finnish people are willing to help each other, regardless of the company they represent. Everything is accounted for later on. Our communality has spread across the entire industry, and it is not something that only Finns experience, although I think it is in our blood,” say the Visasalos.

Time to enjoy the fruits of labor

When asked what their dream project would include, the Visasalos consider their answer for a moment. A consensus between the two generations is quickly found, however. “Our expertise could be best displayed in a big and comprehensive restaurant area refurbishment project. The project would include lots of details, interesting material, a lot of time, for once, and an unlimited budget. We are about to begin a very interesting project where we will dive deep into the structures of a boat and remove an entire deck from public access. We love challenges.“ 

Have the Visasalos ever spent a holiday cruising on a ship in the building or refurbishment of which they were involved? “No, never. Cruising is a wonderful way to spend your free time, but it is intrinsic for us to remain active and do things. We build old cars, go boating with boats that have far too large engines, and ski.”

“Maybe we will go cruising when we are retired. Or maybe dad will need to be assisted by a walking frame – so that he can work,” the sons say, laughing.

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