Planning and flexibility


As foreman, Mats Dahl is the focal point for making the practical operation of Port of Grenaa work. Planning, flexibility – and a bit of luck – are completely necessary tools.

No two days are alike. The constant moving around, the unpredictability, and the informal contact with many people – these are the things that appeal to Mats Dahl in the job as foreman at Port of Grenaa. With 17 years of seniority, he is among the veterans of the personnel in the port, and he is familiar with every little nook and cranny of the port and all the types of jobs that he and his crew deal with.

This is good experience to have when customers and collaborators need advice on, for example, lifting jobs.

“We must help find the best, most secure and, of course, cheapest way to solve the job, and that is why we act as advisors in connection with loading and offloading jobs that require use of the port’s cranes,” says Mats, who has several trained crane operators on his team of employees.

Both as an advisor and as responsible for the many daily operational tasks of the port, Mats Dahl is in daily contact with many people. And that is something he enjoys.


”I come into work at 6.30 a.m., and check the emails of the day, etc. Shortly after that, I get the first phone calls about future calls into the port, and about loading and offloading jobs to be planned and discussed with the client, or the collaborators that are involved. Then it must be coordinated with the other forthcoming jobs, and the crew that is available.”

“We can do a lot with planning. But as a port, we are as dependent on the elements as the ships at sea, and a lot can change during the project. That is part of the charm of the job, and it takes flexibility – and also a little bit of luck – to make ends meet,” says Mats, who praises his crane operators for being very flexible and prepared for possibly having to work late, even at short notice.

“We are all prepared to find solutions, and everything is dealt with in a wonderful, informal way, which I really appreciate,” says Mats Dahl.

Being in contact with a lot of people is also something he engages in on his many trips around the port. “I need to go and see that all current jobs are running as they should. There are many things to check, and small things to fix,” says Mats Dahl.


His working life has always been connected to the maritime area. His national service was done in the Navy with, among other things, a year’s secondment to Greenland, and after that he was educated with Mærsk Drilling where he worked for 17 years, among other things in the security department.

In his private life, he lives in Mols Bjerge, and has been married to Marian for 32 years. Together, they have a 20-year-old son, Mathias, who shares a very big hobby with his dad: Mathias does motorcycle drag-racing, and father and son spend a lot of weekends at rallies in Denmark and Sweden.
“It’s a sport that takes a lot of time. But on the other hand, it gives us a lot of hours together, where we can talk about everything – but probably mainly about motorcycles, and how we prepare for the next race,” says Mats Dahl with a dreaming look in his eye.

But then the phone rings again, and he is off solving the next job.


Every day, every single employee helps make Port of Grenaa a good collaborator, and a port in progress. It is the sum of the employees’ skills and commitment that makes the team at the port something special.