We have our safety meetings before cargo operations and daily jobs, and we have a monthly meeting where we evaluate the month behind us, what we have done, where we can improve and so on. We think over what we are doing. I don’t think this is unique in the Seatrans fleet, but it works fine for us, anyway,” Captain Popik says. He is an example himself, being Captain on Copernicus since 2015, and Chief mate on the same vessel a few years before that.
Captain Popik also points out that the award is a compliment to both shifts and all crew members who have been working on Copernicus. “A lot was achieved by Captain Andrzej Golanski, who was with us until 2017,” Popik adds.
Captain Popik also underlines the importance of good communications they have with their counterparts at the office. “They follow us very closely and see what we are doing. They give us positive feedback on our performance and we really appreciate that too.”
In addition to honour and fame for the crew, the award comes with a money prize of €5,000, which has already been spent. “We have bought a new satellite television system. This boost our standard of living on board, so we really appreciate this,” Captain Popik concludes.