You are holding the first issue of SAN News 2008 in your hand. You will recognise it from last year, but a new vignette – Profile – has been added. Under that heading you will meet professionals that spend a large amount of time and effort improving the environment for those at sea.
The first person to be profiled is Anette Wugk at TT-Line, whom you can read about in this issue. Her ambition is to raise the status of work environment issues, which otherwise have a tendency to be put on the back burner when the workload grows and the pace of work increases.
You can also read about the tragic accident on the ro-ro ship Finnbirch in this issue. The Swedish Accident Investigation Board is looking into the accident at the moment and has determined that poorly lashed cargo was probably the principal cause. Cargo securing is particularly in focus in this issue, including a report from the load carrier recently unloaded in Nynäshamn.
A burning issue that we revisit from time to time is the extremely high levels of fatigue that sometimes affect seafaring personnel. Small crews, frequent ports of call, increased administration and other activities have resulted in sleep coming in second place at times, and both Swedish and foreign research has shown that numerous accidents are caused by fatigue.
The issue is being discussed at the moment by IMO, but what this will lead to is as yet uncertain. An information brochure about tiredness onboard follows with this issue of SAN News. It is based on a research report from VTI that was published last summer. The brochure contains tips and advice about what can be done onboard to address the problem of fatigue.
We will naturally be following the issue closely, both here in Sweden as well as internationally.
Enjoy your reading!
Linda Sundgren, Editor SAN NEWS