Friday, 17 May 2019 13:33

New survey from ICS and ECSA paints positive picture for seafarer internet access

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A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has shown that internet access for seafarers’ personal use on board ships is more widespread and available than previously thought. The survey indicates that internet access for personal use may improve mental health, well-being and morale of seafarers. Of the organizations who responded, 82% provide internet for personal use. Despite industry concerns that internet access may negatively impact seafarers getting adequate rest, 85% of companies reported that rest has been unaffected. Similarly, while there have also been concerns that internet access may negatively impact work performance, 96% of companies reported that this has not been affected. The survey saw responses from 276 operators with 11,665 ships, representing 14% of the world fleet.



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