Sadly, too many shipowners simply don’t get it when it comes to the internet, many of them are same one’s complaining about how difficult it is to attract crew. MAC applauds North P&I’s quiet word in their ears – internet access improves morale and that improves safety but there are a few red flags.
North P&I club says improved internet access at sea could help boost crew retention levels by offering closer links with family, friends and trainers. The advice comes in the latest issue of the 110 million GT, ‘A’ rated club’s loss-prevention newsletter Signals.
‘Faster turnarounds in port and restricted shore leave mean life on board can become increasingly lonely,’ says North’s head of loss prevention Tony Baker. ‘Improving the ability to get online can have significant benefits for crew morale and wellbeing – but it needs to be managed properly.’
The club says living conditions on board and the quality and cost of communication with family are key issues of concern for people considering a seafaring career. According to Baker, ‘Young seafarers now expect to have similar internet connectivity when at sea as they do at home.’