Day of the Seafarer
23 Jun, 2017

Intellian's Matt Galston comments on the value of satcomms for #DayoftheSeafarer in The Maritime Executive. Read the entire article available at

Invisible threads can often be the strongest ties. Many veteran seafarers fondly regale tales of the excitement of a port agent arriving with letters from friends and family. In those days it was understood that communication with the world was the exception not the norm, whereas for today’s mariners - regardless of their age or seniority - regular, real time contact with those back home is a must.

Despite suggestions to the contrary, high quality, continuous global connectivity isn’t only useful for optimising operations, but can enable so much more; it has become a tone-setter when it comes to recruiting and retaining the best crew. This does not need to be aspirational in today’s world; seamless connectivity should be a realistic expectation. Moreover, connectivity can lead to improvements to living standards through access to medical services, and enhanced satellite communications make it easier to direct vessels away from at-risk areas and improve working conditions through reduced anxiety. As we mark Day of the Seafarer, we shouldn’t forget that it takes a good connection to home to build a rewarding career at sea.


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