Seafarers are cut off from their loved ones for months on end – sometimes up to a year. Less than 25% of ships have wifi and phone signal can be scarce. This lack of communication can have a huge impact on seafarers’ mental health and their relationships.
Thankfully, the Mission can provide the practical and emotional support many seafarers need during their time at sea – whether that’s a SIM card, access to wifi in our Seafarers Centres, or just a listening ear.
We are working with communications suppliers, such at iVitta and other mobile providers, as well as global satellite companies, to improve communications for seafarers in the workplace.
The Mission has also set up a new joint partnership with the North American Maritime Ministry Assocation (NAMMA) to deliver a Digital Centre for Seafarers’ Ministry – called the MARE project.