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Shadow day at SIA ““Venspils nafta” termināls” – no sun, but five shadows!


Shadow day at SIA ““Venspils nafta” termināls” – no sun, but five shadows!

February 11, 2015 / News

SIA ““Venspils nafta” termināls” (VNT), which is one of the largest and most technologically advanced oil and petroleum products transhipment company in the Baltic States, took part in the Shadow Day, welcoming five students from Ventspils and the Kurzeme region. Four students were from Ventspils and Ugāle – two from each city, and one was from Druva. The students ‘shadowed’ the Managing Director of ““Ventspils nafta” termināls” – Lars Pantzlaff, Operations director – Vilnis Riekstiņš and Operational Dep’t Manager – Aleksandrs Gusevs.

In the course of the day students had the opportunity to participate in an e-briefing on safety rules in the company, get to know the terminal, and participate in everyday meetings with VNT managers.

“Since the issue of attracting new professionals is an important one for VNT, we used the opportunity to take part in the Shadow Day to be able to give young people an insight into the company’s business and operations. I hope this will help students understand the specifics of different professions, and will make choosing their future working field easier. I believe the parents should also tell their children what they do at work, what their responsibilities are. For example, one of the ‘shadows’ was a child of our own employee. I hope that after spending the day at VNT the youngsters were able to see that a company is not just the walls and physical working environment, but also its people, who are doing their everyday job” – said Lars Pantzlaff, viewing this participation in the Shadow Day as a means to help explain complicated things in simple terms.

“I chose VNT, because I wanted to learn more about the company's operations. I am interested in transhipment processes, so the brightest moment of my ‘Shadowing’ experience was a walk through the terminal, which was very extensive and fun” – says Roberts Kukainis from Ventspils Secondary School, grade 11, who was shadowing the GM of SIA ““Venspils nafta” termināls” Lars Pantzlaff. Roberts also pointed out that he would enjoy working in this sector, as the work in the company takes place in a dynamic and developing environment.

In turn, Samanta Vēza – a 10th-grader from Druva Secondary school, shared her impressions: “VNT is a growing business not only in Latvia, but also on a global scale. Applying for the Shadow Day at VNT, I was mostly interested in understanding the principles of operation of the terminal and the tasks performed by its employees. I was very pleased by the special attention the terminal pays to safety matters. As for my participation in company meetings, I realised what a great role learning languages has here – during the meeting participants used up to three languages simultaneously. I was also pleasantly surprised at the serious approach the employees take to their responsibilities. Working in a company like VNT definitely requires a good sense of responsibility, ability to stand up for your views and skills to present yourself.”

About SIA ““Ventspils nafta” termināls”

VNT provides transit services – receipt, storage and handling of crude oil and petroleum products that come by pipelines, rail tank cars and tankers. VNT is a technologically advanced terminal and the largest crude oil and petroleum products transhipment company in the Baltic States with a total tank capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters.

51% of VNT is owned by JSC “Ventspils nafta” (NASDAQ OMX RIGA: VNF1R), which is one of the largest business groups in Latvia. JSC “Ventspils nafta” is the group's parent company, which manages the investments in group companies, contributing to the total value and appreciation of each individual company.


Additional information:

Elīna Dobulāne, communications consultant

AS "Ventspils nafta"

Telephone: +371 25959447