Wel­fare comms still a headache for crews and re­cruit­ment heads

OffComm News - - THE QUARTERLY -

For those wish­ing to re­tain key staff and at­tract new blood to the in­dus­try, crew wel­fare con­nec­tiv­ity is still a very im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion. How­ever, as sea­far­ers have in­di­cated in a re­cent sur­vey car­ried out by CrewToo, part of KVH In­dus­tries, there is grow­ing dis­par­ity in in­ter­net ac­cess. In the re­port, while some cited in­stances of good, of­ten cheap, or even free ac­cess, oth­ers “can oc­ca­sion­ally gain ac­cess” but at a cost or some tech­ni­cal is­sues. More con­cern­ing is the fact that there are still those with­out any con­nec­tiv­ity what­so­ever, la­belling the sit­u­a­tion as ‘ Stone Age’. That may be why KVH re­cently ex­panded the ca­pac­ity of its mini- VSAT Broad­bandsm net­work. To sup­port cus­tomer de­mand for broad­band at sea, a new satel­lite beam has dou­bled net­work ca­pac­ity in the North At­lantic Ocean re­gion, in­clud­ing Canada’s Hud­son Bay. A se­cond upgrade added a new beam across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to bring 30% more ca­pac­ity across ar­eas in­clud­ing the North Sea and the Mediter­ranean Sea.

im­age: Car­toon­stock

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