One of the drawbacks of the seafaring profession is considered to be the limited ability of the seafarer to communicate and stay in touch with family and friends while on board. However, in the last few years the situation in this field has rapidly changed.
The use of satellite phones, which are available aboard all ships that sail in the open seas, has helped to improve communication. However, this is not without cost limitations. The crew members of the passenger sector and of ships that sail close to the coast are able to use their mobile phones to call and send SMS. What about ship-to-shore communication in the open seas?
Today a growing number of shipping companies invest in the installation of ICT solutions based on maritime satellite connections (Inmarsat, VSAT) that allow ship-to-shore communication on a 24/7 basis. This infrastructure allows the safe and efficient operation of the ships. It is also an efficient tool that contributes to the welfare of the people working on board the ships.