This year’s MSSM Conference in Nyborg, Denmark, was arranged on the theme of Cooperation for Growth in Shipping. Prospects for Danish shipping will remain good, said the vice managing director of the Danish shipowner’s association, Pia Voss, who was one of the opening speakers. She could not understand the description in the country’s newspapers, ”poor outlook for Danish shipping companies”.
The workshops included:
Quality Ship Management – Kuba Szymanski from Intermanager, who talked about the importance of running high-quality shipping services.
Offshore Vind – training and examination of skills required for new and existing employees.
Multicultural leadership – Or why it is so difficult to communicate. Søren Diedrichsen, chief psychologist at the Maritime Work Environment Council, dealt with the most important aspects of leadership in the multicultural workplace and the motto ”To treat others as we want to be treated”.
CSR in relation to safety onboard – Trine Erdal, chief developer at Force Technology, raised the importance of goal-orientation to strengthen safety culture and include health issues.
Be prepared for the worst and keep an eye on the risks – Søren Bøge Pedersen reminded us that small risks, which do not seem important at the time, can grow large.
Food onboard – have you talked to your cook today? – Annelise Ømand, health and nutrition expert at the Maritime Work Environment Council, raised the question of food at sea. What is myth and what is fact? Shipping companies should see food as an important tool that can affect health, well-being, safety and performance.
The Conference was well-attended, as usual, and it was clear that Swedish presence has increased as ships are flagged under DIS and the Faroe Islands. The Danes have a lot to teach us Swedes when it comes to practical training about work environment risks and they invest a lot in maritime research. This is a conference that all Swedish shipowners should visit!
Karl-Arne Johansson/Seko Seafarers