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Irish Tech Company Help Seafarers Connect to Loved Ones Over Festive Period

31st December 2017
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Seafarers are strangers wherever they go, however with assistance these smiling crew members over Christmas availed of the SeaFi Dockside facility, while away from families. The free wi-fi service developed by SEA-Tech, an Irish company, is provided to seafarers (above) by the Port of Waterford at the Belview Terminal. In the background, Afloat adds is the bow of Arklow Cliff, the newest in service of the 'C' class cargoships.. Seafarers are strangers wherever they go, however with assistance these smiling crew members over Christmas availed of the SeaFi Dockside facility, while away from families. The free wi-fi service developed by SEA-Tech, an Irish company, is provided to seafarers (above) by the Port of Waterford at the Belview Terminal. In the background, Afloat adds is the bow of Arklow Cliff, the newest in service of the 'C' class cargoships.. Photo: SEA-Tech /Linked in

#Seafarers - Over three million seafarers, both men and women live in the twilight world of big shipping according to the Seamens Christian Friend Service (SCFS).

Seafarers are responsible for most of the goods you will of had acquired over the Christmas season. It's a lonely life and as such they don't get to spend Christmas with their family.

Crews roam the world's oceans for up to 12 months at a time. They come from more than 100 different nations and speak dozens of language. For most of them accessing the internet is synonym of keeping in touch with the family.

This year, SEA-Tech Evolution Ltd, an Irish IT company established in 2007, worked with the Port of Cork, Port of Waterford and Rosslare at improving crew welfare. The company take this service very seriously but it is sometimes hard to convince the shipping industry of the benefits of decent internet connectivity.

Commenting on the benefits of such technology, Arnaud (R.no) Disant, Engineer (CTO) at SEA-Tech and Lecturer at National Maritime College of Ireland, said you know you’ve done something good this year when you see a smile on the face of a man that truly values your work.

 

 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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