The journey starts with Magnus
Mechanics need to be available all the time when the ship is at sea. So we’re on board for a week, and at home for a week, which is a great mix for me. My kids are all grown up now, and I have grandchildren. Sometimes on my week off, I’ll get on my motorbike and go and visit my son up in the north of Sweden.
A welcoming atmosphere
Working at Stena Line is always fun. That’s partly because every day is different, and partly because my colleagues are so friendly. We take our work seriously, but we know how to enjoy ourselves. If someone has a problem, we put our heads together to find a solution. There are around 13 people in the engine room, with some working days, and some nights. Although most of us know each other well, we are very welcoming to new people. For example, when we have interns, we recognise this might be a student’s first experience of a workplace so we make sure it is a positive one.
Safety comes first
Safety is really important at Stena Line. Every time we are going to do something that could be risky, we plan it carefully and do a risk assessment – whether it’s working with heat or lifting something heavy. I’m also one of the five smoke divers on board. All the crew are trained to put out fires, but we are the ones with advanced firefighting training, who wear breathing apparatus and are the first to respond in case of an emergency.