Stenersen Photo Contest

1st Place:

Nefler Lumantas, Sten Nordic

"To the costumer we care and commit to deliver as fast as we can, day and night see no obstacles ahead"   


Comments from the jury: In addition to being a beautiful picture in itself, we liked that the photographer has cought a situation that is not documented too often. Ice maneuvering at night is a situation that definitely requires responsible and hands-on Officers and crew on watch.



2nd Place:

Kaspars Burkits, Sten Bothnia

“The story behind the picture is that 2 owls where on board at that time, one was sitting on the rails as shown in the picture, another one couldn't find the place were to sit and was circulating around the fwd mast, but finally landed there. It was on the way to Naantali from some western European ports in the Baltic sea, we were quite some distance away from the coast and we were surprised that owls were so far away from the land. It was quiet on deck at that time and the crew stayed away from the fwd and manifold area to let them rest a bit».   


Comments from the jury: The objective of this picture is like a hidden treasure; by first glance there is mostly railings to see, but when looking again you discover the beautiful owl that is taking a rest to empower itself before its next journey. The fact that the crew allowed both owls to settle down for a while and respected their need for privacy shows caring put into practice. By the way, did you also know that the latin word for «respect» means «look again»? (NB! The photo was taken with x-proof camera).


3rd Place:

Mharben S. Beduyas, Sten Bergen


“The Wheel”

“STEADY!!! Commands the pilot/captain to the helmsman. It is very vital that the helmsman can be able to steady the ship on the desired heading efficiently. What an easy job as anybody could tell. But let me add some factors such as wind and current, ship condition (loaded or in ballast), past workload (busy trade/duration of pilotage), time (especially graveyard shifts) to make this thing a little bit more complicated.

“Success is not in your comfort zone” tells the book that I read. At first, my chest is pumping hard while holding the wheel with the Pilot in-command. But with my colleague and my officer guiding me, I paved my way. As days pass by of doing and learning this task, I gradually cope up. I can’t say I am an expert now but at least I am learning.

There are three important things I learn as I am staying here onboard.

HANDS-ON. You will never learn until you put your hands on the wheel. For the best way of learning is through experience.

CARING. With your acquired knowledge, you use it to improve yourself not just because you care for your job but also for the safety of the vessel, your crewmates and most especially for the best interest of the company.

RESPONSIBILITY. You do hold reliable in whatever turn you make in your watch and as you learn and improve your capability, you gain confidence that in every way you decided to make, you believe in yourself that it is for the best.

Amazingly that our ever best fleet is upholding these values, not just for the company itself but for every individual working in this fleet, especially for us, seafarers. I, myself, am very much happy knowing these values were brought up by the company to be an example and inspiration to all the employees and seafarers working under this fleet. I personally see these as my helping hand as I undertake my path towards my goal, to be a marine officer in time.

In changing headings, it is not how fast your rate of turn is but how safely, efficiently and how steady you landed on the desired heading. Like in life, it is not how fast you finish the race but how you finish it. And with these values that our good company are trying to instill in us, it is a start. A perfect START!

Bon voyage!!!


Comments from the jury: The photo illustrates the story perfectly and the story grasps the Stenersen values spot on as it demonstrates how the values can be used; to guide and inspire us in our everyday work life.