The winner of the SAN prize 2009:
Christer Sjökvist, Bartender and chief safety officer on the Silja Galaxy
Motivation: For working over the past 20 years to create safer, healthier and more enjoyable conditions onboard for himself and his colleagues. In his activities with the work environment he has shown both respect and responsibility for people around him, and no issue has been too large or small to put him off getting involved.
The last year has demanded extra hard work when he and the management and other safety officers on the Silja Galaxy – which changed flag from Estonian to Swedish last summer – spent many, many hours adapting the ship to Swedish regulations and creating a safe working place.
The sort of engagement that Christer has shown time and time again over the years is something greatly needed by employers as well as seafaring personnel, and for that reason we at SAN wish to show our appreciation by awarding him the annual work environment prize.
Read his portrait in SAN News 1 2009