A group of established maritime entities shake hands and collaborated in order to develop a digital platform which goals to improve the emotional well-being of the world’s 1.7 million seafarers.
It is known that internet has dynamically entered into our daily lives within the years. In fact, internet has among others changed industries, business, education, communication, and the ways in which we interact with the others. However, when it comes to shipping industry, connectivity onboard has proved to effectively improve seafarers’ mental health and their overall wellbeing.
Following COVID-19 outbreak, Inmarsat and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) collaborated and launched a call service for seafarers onboard vessels.
Seafarers onboard ships entering Australian ports, will from now on experience a new initiative called “Seafarer Connect”. Specifically, the system will offer free WiFi signal and internet access to every seafarer visiting Australia. For the records, the initiative was first launched in Sydney, during a meeting of the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) presents that internet access for seafarers for personal use on board ships is more widespread and available than previously imagined. In addition, the survey shows the positive benefits related with this access, which outweigh the feared safety concerns regarding the technology.
Inmarsat has collaborated with the start-up programmes, Rainmaking Trade and Transport Impact and Bluetech Accelerator, to support news businesses focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data innovation in the maritime, ports and logistics supply chain.
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