A SECURE AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Stena is a global operator with activities that often take place in demanding environments: onboard vessels, at yards and on rigs all over the world.
Offering employees, passengers, customers, tenants and freight, a safe and secure environment is of highest priority for Stena.
Ongoing safety measures are aimed at keeping all employees’ safety awareness updated at all times, with a zero-accident vision as benchmark. Follow-up on relevant key safety indicators is considered regularly by the Board of Directors. Proactivity is key in safety work. To improve contingency measures in crisis situations, Stena has established a Groupwide crisis team to handle any crisis affecting all – or several – parts of the Group and then coordinate other groups in the operations. In the beginning of the pandemic, the Groupwide crisis team worked on investigating and planning how to handle the situation.
Safety is one of the first items on the agenda at all Board meetings in the maritime business areas. LTIF is an important metric for this safety aspect.
WORK-RELATED RISKS AND ACCIDENTS
Material risks include how employees may be exposed to uncertain and hazardous environments in the course of their work, and that they lack the right competencies to perform work operations that present a risk.
This includes, for example, the risk that personnel are exposed to toxic substances, such as hydrogen sulphide and asbestos, to risk-intensive work operations at yards, and to hazardous environments onboard vessels. For Northern Marine, these risks have a clear market connection, since the large oil companies conduct vetting inspections of vessels and their “safety track record”, in order to assess the vessel’s safety performance when they select vessels for their transport operations.
A safe and secure working environment is also put to the test in cases where Stena’s seafarers are on vessels in waters and routes where there is a risk of pirate attacks. Since extended work shifts can make it difficult to maintain concentration, a lot of time and resources were devoted to achieving good and secure crew changes for seagoing personnel, even though national borders were closed.
As a minimum level, Stena adheres to the national and international conventions governing the safety of human lives at sea, but also focusing on the design of vessels in terms of saving lives, fire prevention and radio equipment. Risks in this area are also handled by continually ensuring that employees receive training and education, so that they can work safely and securely, and with clear procedures for hazardous work processes and ensuring that the right safety equipment is available.
Information security is an important area for Stena, and there is ongoing work to handle risks related to this, both centrally and in the business areas.
The digitalisation of Stena’s processes imposes stricter security requirements in terms of information flows and IT systems, which puts more and more focus on these issues. This applies particularly to a year when many employees worked from home, with more potential security risks. This includes screening of potential cyber risks.
On an annual basis, Groupwide drills are conducted in order to stress test and identify technical and social vulnerability in digital systems and at physical premises.