Half of seafarer crew lack ‘reasonable’ access to communications, survey shows
New survey reveals that only 56% of seafarers claim to have access to communication facilities with the ratified MLC2006 stipulating “reasonable’ access to communications at ‘reasonable’ cost.
Futurenautics, InterManager, ISWAN, PTC, BIMCO & CrewToo recently released a survey about seafarer communication access. According to the survey with the participation of almost 3,000 respondents from more than 30 countries, telephone is still the most common form of crew communications service provision with 76% of seafarers on average having access, however in some sectors like General Cargo over 30% of respondents still have no access to a telephone.
With 77% of crew citing Internet access as the one free service they would choose if given the chance, perhaps the most encouraging finding is that Internet access is now available on average to 36% of all crew. Passenger and Offshore sectors where high penetration levels of VSAT and Inmarsat FleetBroadband systems exist are reporting close to 70% provision, with Container, Bulk Carriers and General Cargo lagging behind the industry with around 20% provision. Facebook remains the most popular website overall, with CrewToo the most popular maritime website amongst seafarers.
The 2014 Crew Communications Survey is the most comprehensive dataset available for the measurement of access, costs, usage and future requirements of crew communications.
Stay tuned for more news, not just about the future of maritime and offshore training in the Philippines, but as well as on the present conditions of this global industry.