OUR STENA ASSISTANTS GOT TOGETHER

FOR SOME THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE!

18 assistants and coordinators from Stena's Swedish companies participated in the Winter Network meeting on the 23rd of January in Gothenburg, with Nanna Gillberg from Gothenburg University and Per Wimby from Stena Teknik holding lectures.

Nanna Gillberg, a researcher at the Gothenburg Research Institute currently on an assignment from the Ministry of Employment to find new ways of organizing work life, gave an inspiring talk about where the limits are in a limitless work life. How should employers and employees behave when digital tools contribute to erasing the previous boundaries between work and free time?

We learned that people with flexible work-ing tend to experience an increased work intensity, which means that they ultimately work more per hour worked. Even though in practice one works more, both employees and employers are more satisfied. 

“Being available to a greater extent also means that clear and consistent boundaries have now become blurry and up to the individual. Higher demands are thus placed on the individuals to set and communicate boundaries themselves. Is it required for you to be available and looking at your phone and email all day, or do you just think that’s what’s expected of you?”, asks Nanna.

Furthermore, we learned how the brain is affected by an activity-based workplace, how we should get the work done when approxi-mately 45% of the time is spent on email and meetings. How employees should be their own personal brand, be flexible and adaptable, have interpersonal skills and a clear customer-oriented mindset.

The idea behind network meetings is not only to get to know each other in order to make the daily work smoother and more efficient, but also to learn more about Stena as a whole. Per Wimby, who works as a project manager on renovation and construction projects at Stena Teknik, gave a lecture about future fuels. An important topic that is in Stena’s interest, which also affects our shared future.

With global and SECA’s local emissions limitations (0.5% and 0.1% sulphur, respectively) and Dan’s explicit wish to have an electrically-powered ferry to Denmark in 2030, Per began by recounting the fuels and solutions that are available now. LNG, methanol and oil in conjuction with the installation of scrubbers which means that one cleans emissions.

“Because our ships have a lifespan of about 50 years, it is important to have the knowledge to transform and rebuild the ship when new fuels become a reality. We are constantly working to refine and we analyze everything from operation to the bottom color and the design of the bulb and rudder”, says Per.

But in order to meet carbon reduction targets for 2050, we are also looking into alternative fuels. The Stena Jutlandica has recently been fitted with a battery container to test how the battery works under real conditions.

“We use green shore power to charge the batteries in the harbor, but so far the electricity has only been supplying battery power to thrusters and used as a back-up for electricity used on board. In about three to four years, we believe we can sail to Vinga using electricity. The third step in the initiative involves building new vessels without diesel engines. The Stena Elektra is one such idea”, says Per.

Batteries act as a sort of energy storage. But what is important is that the energy source is green. We are also looking at solar power, but the problem is the limited surface area of the ship. There is also a lot of talk about hydrogen fuel cells, where Korea and Japan are leaders. Methanol could continue to be interesting as it can be extracted from forest waste, so-called bio-methanol.

These interesting presentations were followed by a tour of the hotel and then it was time for the group to have dinner together.

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