The Ship Technical Unit does not purchase ships off the shelf; they are built in cooperation with the suppliers. Designing and building a ship can be a process taking a number of years. The Head of the Ship Technical Unit, Gunnar Holm from the Techni-cal Department of the Headquarters of the Finnish Border Guard has been in-volved 46 RAJAMME VARTIJAT TEXT: Tiina Komi • PHOTO: Nina Kaverinen The Head of the Ship Technical Unit, Gunnar Holm, acted as the project manager of the Patrol Vessel Turva during its construction. All in all, the project took almost ten years. in numerous projects over the years. Among other things, he acted as the project manager of OPV Turva. Holm, who originally studied ship-building, thinks that the reception of a new vessel or a series of vessels never fails to be a rewarding moment. It is a result of a long project often divided into subprojects. According to Holm, the success of a project is based on people who commit to it and understand its goal, whether it is a product or a service. The project manager must be a skilled coordinator and must have the ability to get everyone to pull together and work to a schedule. “We do not need people who do things in a slipshod manner in the pro- A good project is made of skilled people, says Gunnar Holm, Head of the Ship Technical Unit. A project will succeed when its participants commit to common goals. What are good projects made of?
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