Do all employees receive safety training?
All new maritime personnel receive a minimum of three days' safety training, which is adapted for the specific vessel they will be working on. Anyone who has been off work or away from their usual post for six months or more must repeat this training.
Some crew members will receive additional advanced training on specific subjects, such as fire, first aid and crisis management.
How often do you conduct exercises?
Each week crews on all Stena Line vessels take part in an exercise involving a variety of scenarios that may arise in the event of an accident. Each individual employee takes part in at least one such exercise once a month.
Major exercises involving the emergency services, the helicopter battalion, the coastguard, local hospitals and other services are organised for each vessel at least twice every year. Each year Stena Line's shore-based disaster organisation conducts an exercise simulating a major accident at sea.
Which situations do you train for?
We conduct exercises to be able to deal with fires, collisions, leakage damage, evacuations, storms, man-overboard and severe injuries/illness. Officers receive all the training described, as well as additional training on leadership in crisis situations. Stena Line's employees are also trained in preventing and dealing with terror attacks. In all, Stena Line's vessel-based safety organisation works with around 30 or so different possible risk scenarios.
What do you do to prevent accidents and other incidents?
Stena Line takes a systematic approach to work and has a management system that complies with the International Safety Management Code (ISM). The maritime authorities in each flag country issue certificates and act as supervisory authorities.
We know from experience that a safe work environment for the crew guarantees the safety of Stena Line's passengers. For this reason, Stena Line pursues a policy of systematic work environment management, which means we report and follow up on work-related incidents, perform risk assessments, and prevent risks. This promotes excellent awareness that permeates all safety work on board our vessels.
How do you follow up on accidents and other incidents?
Stena Line has a system for reporting non-conformities, such as near-accidents and accidents. Just over 70 Nordic ferry operators are linked to the system. This enables the ferry operators to learn from one another and prevent the same accident happening again.
Anyone reporting a non-conformity can remain anonymous. If there is no one on board who can help, reports can be submitted to a central function, also known as a Designated Person (D.P).
Who is responsible for implementation of safety work?
The ship's captain is responsible for safety on board – both for employees and passengers. Specific employees on deck, in the engine room and in the kitchens are delegated responsibility for these areas. Overall responsibility for all work environment management and safety work within the company rests with Stena Line's Head of Marine Safety, who is also a Designated Person.
Who checks that safety is in compliance with the applicable requirements?
Stena Line's Head of Marine Safety and the internal audit team conduct audits on board vessels and supervise a number of exercises. The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) is the supervisory authority that approves and follows up on Stena Line's safety work.
What can I do to help?
Watch the safety film shown on all on-board screens immediately after the captain's welcome message