Shipowner and operator Pacific Basin is using KVH Industries’ VSAT connectivity services to support its crew and ensure operational efficiency during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inmarsat, Shell Shipping and Maritime, and maritime digital consultancy Thetius have launched a new ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The Challenge aims to identify technology that can benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea at a moment when Covid-19 has exposed the welfare of seafarers to global scrutiny.
Shipping Company Groningen (SCG) has contracted offshore internet services provider Castor Marine to install its Global 4G Connectivity package on all 30 of its vessels, providing fast, global 4G-LTE internet connection for its crews.
ChartWorld is offering its CIO+ Information Overlay Service free of charge to all vessels until the current crew exchange process has been resolved.
Baze Technology has launched a new solution for offline streaming of media and information sharing.
KVH Industries has launched KVH Link, a new digital content service that will deliver both enhanced news and entertainment content to improve crew wellbeing and better operational data to optimise vessel performance.
Following a survey conducted by Danica, a Hamburg-based crewing specialist, the company’s managing director Henrik Jensen has stated that: “Our survey shows that 80 per cent of the seafarers who do not have internet access today would move jobs in order to get it. This is a huge warning to those shipping companies who do not offer crew internet access onboard their vessels.”
Iridium Communications has announced Intellian as the newest manufacturer of Iridium CertusTM maritime terminals.
Seafarer happiness has slipped this quarter with the most unhappy seafarers being the ones that work onboard cruise ships and ferries, finds the latest Seafarers Happiness Index.
BASS has launched the BASSnet Crew Portal, a Progressive Web App that gives seafarers comprehensive access to personal details, sailing plans and travel documents while at sea or on shore.
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