Large communal areas, a gym and modern tools. That is what Martin Fredriksson Pehrson, future motorman, would like to see when he signs on after graduating. Internet in his cabin is not a must, however.
Martin Fredriksson Pehrson, 18, is in his third and final year at the Marine Academy in Stockholm. Then he hopes to get a job as a motorman, preferably in the Norwegian offshore business.
”They can offer a fantastic environment, a lot of money and interesting work. To work there would really be a dream, but there are not many who make it.”
Martin has had two placement periods: three weeks on a tugboat and two months split between an ice-breaker and a ferry. He thinks the practical training has given him a good idea of what he would like to work with when the time comes.
”Large open rooms to socialise in, new, modern tools and machines, and then a gym, of course. I exercise almost every day when I am at home and it would be good to be able to train on board,” says Martin.
Two things he has noticed that are not always taken seriously enough are the work environment and safety equipment.
”I have promised myself to always use hearing protection and use the right gloves. Sometimes when you are tightening nuts or bolts on something you take off your gloves for better access, but then you put them on again straight away.”
He is a bit doubtful about wifi in the cabins, though, because he thinks it makes life onboard less social.
”Of course, it is good to have internet access, but if you have wifi in the cabins everyone shuts themselves in as soon as they stop working.”
Martin enjoys life at sea and feels that the course has made him mature. He thinks it is good to be away from home and he likes the variation in his work.
”One day we work with electricity and the next day there is a pump that has broken down. Right now it is difficult to find work because so many companies employ foreign seafarers instead of Swedes. But there are 16 trainees in my class and three of them have already found jobs, so it is possible.”