Cross-border collaboration

A devastating fire in Norway caused Polygon Norway, POLYGONVATRO and Polygon Denmark to come together and collaborate for the Major and Complex Claims Project in order to finish the NOK 40 million-worth restoration. The factory was able to re-open again, right in time for the important herring season.

Earlier this summer, on the 2nd August, a fish factory in the Norwegian town of Senjahopen caught alight due to a forklift catching fire. Polygon Norway settled the assignment of cleaning the building of soot the following Friday. On the Monday after, Polygon was on site.

The Norwegian team received support from their collegues in Germany; POLYGONVATRO, that provides Major & Complex Claims support with a 24/7-ready team. They delivered material, chemicals and technicians. At that time, 80 Polygon technicians worked together to clean the factory and the machines of soot.

More damage equals more devotion
Later that week, a new fire broke out in another building on the site. Polygon was once again by their customer’s side and gathered technicians from Norway, Germany and Denmark, together with delivered material from Eurostock in the Netherlands.

Idar Kjøsnes, manager for the project at Polygon, describes the situation.

“It all started with a fire in a forklift. We came with 80 men to investigate the fire damage but later on, another fire broke out on the same site in another building. Everything that had already been cleaned had to be cleaned again, and another 4,000m2 was added to the cleaning process. Therefore the damage effectively doubled from the day before.”

Tone Alfredsen, Quality Manager at the fish factory, was worried at first due to the tight time schedule. With all the equipment in the factory as well as the strict safety regulations for all the food in mind, she never lost hope.

“I was very pleased that the maintenance and cleaning by Nergård and Polygon went hand in hand so that we could be efficient. I’m also happy that everyone had the goal of completing the project before the new season started.”

No change in time schedule despite doubled workload

Together, 160 Polygon technicians was working around the clock - 100 during the day and 60 during the night. Norway, Germany and Denmark, as well as Eurostock in Holland, was working together on this enormous project.

Even though Idar has lengthy experience in the business, he has never seen anything like this.

“This is the biggest project that Polygon Norway has done, ever. The initial damage was worth nearly 20 million NOK, and then it became twice as big. This means that in total the damage is worth 40 million NOK for Polygon. That is gigantic.”

Tone feels the same way.

“I have never participated in anything comparable to this, and I will bring with me this experience as Polygon has methods and details that we may never have thought of.”

Despite the added fire, the timeframe didn´t change. The forecasted completion date was 10th of October and it was completed 9th of October - right in time for the important herring season.

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