For all those who think that ALL Shipowners are just greedy, none-caring, hard nosed capitalist that don’t care about their crews, their safety or well being, should take the time to read about Jacob Stolt-Nielsen:
I had the honour of meeting him only once. In 1972 at a small shipyard in Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong. I was taking delivery of a “Multi-purpose Utility Carrier” (MPUC Puffin) that was built there for some “Housing Sharks” in Oslo.
He was crawling all through the hull of another small Landing Craft type vessel under construction that he had invested in.
No big airs, just another “working stiff” in a dirty coverall that was doing a job to the best of his abilities.
PS> He may not be typical, but there are many like him in the shipping world.