MNWB’s CEO Peter Tomlin attended the Haven Port Welfare Committee (PWC) meeting and was delighted to learn that the free WiFi project at the Port of Ipswich would be continuing with ABP.
The project’s future funding was announced at the Haven PWC meeting on Wednesday 13th November.
Ipswich Harbour Master, Capt. Jerry Coleman, told those at the meeting that ABP Port of Ipswich had agreed to take over the funding for the free seafarers’ WiFi Project from November 1st2019.
Previously the Felixstowe Seafarers’ Centre, which is a stand-alone charity, funded the project for the initial term of five years.
Capt. Coleman stated the project was a wonderful asset for the Port of Ipswich and seafarers who visit the port are often grateful for the opportunity to use the free WiFi to find out what’s happening with the rest of the world.
Before the initial launch of the project chaplains who visited the ships at the port reported due to the location and quick turnarounds many seafarers found it difficult and at times impossible to reach the local seafarer centre to use the internet. Due to this the project was started to make sure seafarers were able to access the internet without having to leave their vessels.