The MNWB are delighted to announce that the UK Department of Transport, MNWB and Seafarers UK are collaborating on a partnership project to provide seafarers on ships visiting UK ports with access to free internet. Working with Port Chaplains and trained ship visitors from welfare organisations such as, Mission to Seafarers, Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) and Sailors’ Society, the project will use MiFi technology to connect seafarers with their families and friends.
The MiFi project, originally funded by the ITF Seafarers Trust, will provide seafarers with free internet access for one year. Communications and access to good quality Internet has always been the seafarers’ number one welfare request when onboard and in port.
MNWB Deputy Chief Executive Sharon Coveney explains. “Due to the pandemic, most of the centres that provide free internet have had to close and many seafarers remain unable to leave their vessels. Some but not all ships provide their crew members with access to good quality internet and our project will ensure that as many as possible have the opportunity to keep in contact with their loved ones during these difficult times. MNWB is proud to coordinate this worthwhile partnership initiative, which I am certain will have a hugely positive impact on seafarers’ mental health.”
For more information please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-international-commitment-to-improve-seafarers-rights’