SeaTec continues to offer increased crew connectivity
In April, as COVID-19 took hold and borders around the world began to close, SeaTec decided to make internet connectivity more accessible to seafarers during the pandemic.
With ports closed and travel heavily restricted, many seafarers ended up facing extended time at sea, unable to come home or change vessel – a situation which continues today.
To help keep families connected, SeaTec increased internet allowance free of charge for crew in April. As a result of positive feedback, the initiative will be continued until the end of August.
Andrew Francis, Product Manager for navigation and communication at SeaTec, explains why it is so important to continue supporting crew throughout these challenging times: “Seafarers have faced a difficult few months and although we are starting to see ports and borders opening back up, there are still situations where crew are at sea much longer than they should be.
“Increasing internet access for crew is a small token of our appreciation for the dedication they have shown in recent months, and we hope it will help them to stay connected to family and friends.”
As in April, the free of charge increase will be applicable to vessels that have VSAT with SeaTec and the amount will be controlled to ensure the continued smooth running of the vessel’s business network. SeaTec will advise the fleet cell of the specific amount increased for each vessel.