Lighthouse’s Director Åsa Burman started the day with a presentation of Lighthouse with both historic and future perspectives where she emphasized that the working condition of the seafarers have an important role to play in future maritime research.
Christer Nordling from the Swedish Mercantile Marine Foundation also explained that his organisation works within many different spectra for improvement of the working conditions aboard and being one of Lighthouse’s partners is a natural way to go for them.
36 rewards were handed out during the day in categories such as sea rescue where M/V Fidelio got a reward for saving a sailor from his sinking sail boat in the Pacific Ocean.
Many of the rewards went to people that has invented smart solutions that has improved the work conditions for the staff. Ulf Nyberg, Edgardo Frias and Jerry Baldoza at M/T Palanca Montivideo got rewarded for mounting a ladder to a manhole, Jan-Olof Öjetoft at M/S Stena Jutlandica got rewarded for installing a winch in the engine room to avoid heavy lifts and Bengt Björklund at M/S Cinderella got rewarded for his innovative garbage can cleaner.
Text and photo: Mats Tiborn