Safe operations at sea and ashore

Stena has a vision of zero accidents and makes safety work a priority in order to safeguard the work environment for employees, and also to increase the safety of passengers and transported goods. This also applies to accommodation in the Group’s properties.

Continued improvement in safety

Lost Time Injury Frequency is a measure of workplace safety used for the crew on board. The number of LTI (injuries that leave the employee unable to work the following day) are reported per million exposure hours worked.

The definition for the employee being unable to work the following 24 hours applies to the shipping companies NMG, Stena RoRo, Stena Bulk and Stena Line, while Stena Drilling, has a 72-hour time frame, in accordance with industry practice. This is because they are working far out at sea, which means it may take longer to get the employee to a hospital.

Health and safety, ltif 2013 2014 2015
NMG 0.36 0.58 0.41
Stena Roro 0.77 0.39 0.41
Stena Drilling 0.58 0.00 0.29
Stena Bulk 0.18 0.18 0.00
Stena Line1) 2.19 1.82 1.80
1) Including service staff for passengers

Joint safety exercise

In March 2015, Stena Line carried out a major safety exercise in cooperation with the emergency services, health services and the police. An accident was staged on Stena ­Scandinavica, for the purpose of practising dealing with an emergency, but also to practise taking care of passengers afterwards. The exercise ended with a mock press conference. The focus of the exercise was to review existing procedures on board for extreme emergencies, as well as shore-based procedures, and communication.

Stena Line’s onboard personnel are put through safety drills every week. In addition to the major exercise in March, Stena Line also performed several exercises on board its vessels ­during the year, in cooperation with local emergency services, coastguards in different countries, the military and police.



Safety at height

A dangerous operation at a wind farm is wind blade inspection. The inspections are normally performed by one person inspecting the blade that runs parallel to the wind turbine tower as they repel from the top of the tower. To increase safety and quality, Stena Renewable has investigated the feasibility of using drones to carry out wind blade inspections. Testing of this solution is in progress. The hope is that in a few years’ time drones will be able to supplement manual inspections, thereby increasing quality and reducing costs.

All employees are encouraged to continuously make risk assessments, and to discontinue an operation if there is the risk of an accident. Continuous safety drills are carried out in all parts of the business.


A safe living environment

Stena Property conducts systematic safety work in the areas of management and new construction. In new construction and refurbishment, there is always an agreement clarifying the work environment responsibility during planning and production. Safety is always a standing item at all steering group and building meetings, and inspections are conducted continuously.

A new digital fire protection programme will be introduced at all locations during 2015–2016. In parallel with this, all caretakers have undergone training. Continuous fire patrols ensure that no flammable materials are stored in stairwells and corridors, that escape routes are not blocked and that they are working properly.

Higher information security requirements

As digitalisation increases, information security is becoming an increasingly important area on which to work. Stena has therefore developed its own Management System for Information Security. With the new management system, Stena takes a holistic approach to information security for all parts of the organisation and all information assets that Stena owns or manages. All information must be classified based on its value to the company.

An e-learning course was developed in 2015 aimed at increasing employees’ awareness of information security risks. The e-learning has been completed by 30% of all employees to date.

Fire safety working group

All Stena vessels comply with national and international regulations, and have a strong focus on fire safety. To ensure that efforts in this area continues at a high level, Stena formed a special fire safety working group in 2015. The purpose of the group’s work is to further investigate potential risks, primarily on car decks, and to design measures to reduce the risk of fire. A fire safety concept will be developed, and this will ensure a common level of fire safety in operations, maintenance and crew training.

”Care – Having a continuously safe operation is the best way of showing respect for people.”
From “Principles, convictions and basic values for Stena AB”.


Increased focus on potential risks

During the year, Stena Line implemented a concept called “Last Minute Risk Assessment” for all seagoing personnel. The aim is to raise awareness among employees and to get them to conduct a risk assessment before starting their work duties, in order to avoid accidents and dangerous situations.

E-learning to reduce the accidents

In 2015, Stena Drilling continued its safety work by developing and implementing an e-learning course with a focus on increasing risk awareness with regard to hand and finger accidents among employees. The e-learning has taken place on board half of Stena Drilling’s fleet and a reduction in the number of reported hand and finger accidents has already been noted.


Proactive safety work at sea

Northern Marine Group (NMG) operates 144 vessels and employs about 7,300 seafarers. Their safety is the highest priority, which is why rigorous safety work takes place continuously on board all vessels. For more than ten years, NMG has worked in accordance with a process called Behaviour Based Safety (BBS), which is a proactive way of analysing and preventing work-related incidents and accidents. In 2015, this proactive approach was also introduced on all of the ferries operated by the subsidiary Northern Marine Ferries. NMG works on the basis of a vision of zero accidents and incidents. This resulted in about 9,000 potential accidents and incidents being avoided in 2015 by the crew’s observations and changes of behaviour. This is an increase of over 1,000 observations compared with 2014.

Safety campaigns with different themes

The focus of NMG’s safety work in 2016 will be reducing the number of accidents caused by falling objects, or crew members stumbling, falling or slipping.


Community involvement