In several areas along Africa’s east coast, including off Somalia, piracy attacks have been a recurring problem for the shipping industry in recent years. A lack of work and development opportunities for young people in Somalia is making it easier for the pirates to recruit new members.

Since 2013, Stena has been involved in The Joint Shipping Initiative, which works with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) to strengthen civil society in Somalia, thereby reducing piracy attacks in the area. The initiative was initiated by Shell, and the other parti­cipants are BP, Maersk and the Japanese shipping companies NYK, MOL and “K” Line.

By offering alternative ways of making money under the “Alternative Livelihoods to Piracy in Puntland and Central Regions of Somalia” programme, the UNDP and The Joint Shipping Initiative can help to prevent piracy attacks. The collective donations from the initiative have been used to build a new marketplace in Adado and to start training programmes in skills such plumbing, building and sewing. Together, these activities have generated several hundred job opportunities.

As a result of energy-efficiency measures and reduced speed, Stena Bulk’s fleet has cut its consumption of ship fuel by over 12,000 tonnes in the last year.

– Erik Hånell, CEO Stena Bulk

Safety that delivers results

For more than 12 years, Northern Marine Group has worked in accordance with a method called Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) to prevent work-related accidents and injuries at sea. The method is largely about getting the crew to incorporate a safety approach into their daily work by observing how colleagues on board perform even simple tasks, such as climbing up a ladder. By reporting unsafe conditions, actions or near-miss situations, a proactive and positive safety culture is created on board.

In 2014, a total of 5,948 potential incidents were reported which could then be dealt with before they led to actual incidents. This is an increase of 17% compared with 2013, and is clear evidence that the system works.

Conversion of Stena Concert

During the year, the product tanker Stena Concert underwent a conversion, which involved the fitting of a Mewis Duct, an additional device positioned ahead of the ordinary propeller. The inflow is changed and the water then hits the propeller at a different angle, resulting in higher efficiency. The conversion of Stena Concert is a joint project between Northern Marine, Stena Teknik and Stena Bulk. The goal is for a fuel efficiency improvement of about 5–6%. Depending on the result, more vessels of the same design and age will be equipped with similar solutions.

Floating hospital ship

Mercy Ships is an international aid organisation that operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, Africa Mercy. The organisation focuses on West Africa and provides advanced free medical care. A number of local development projects are also conducted, and these include training the local population in primary and self-care.

Mercy Ships is now planning to double their efforts with another hospital ship, with the working name Atlantic Mercy. Stena RoRo is working with Mercy Ships as project manager for this project, and the ship is being built according to one of Stena RoRo’s existing models, adapted for hospital activities. The collaboration also involves employees from Mercy Ships currently working from Stena’s facilities in Gothenburg. The ship is being built at one of China’s largest shipyards and delivery is scheduled for mid-2017.

Improved fuel efficiency

In recent years, tanker company Stena Bulk has come a long way in energy-efficiency measures. The focus in 2014 was to make it easier for the operators to facilitate energy savings measures. Each trip is undertaken on an energy budget, which is monitored and compared with similar trips on the same route and with statistics from other trips with the same type of vessel. Optimisation of cargo intake, speed and consumption and weather forecasts are taken into account, in order to achieve the best effect both in terms of economy and the environment. The results for 2014 are very encouraging.

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