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FrontM, a collaboration software provider to the maritime and aviation industries, has collaborated with Inmarsat and maritime medical operations and healthcare solutions provider, VIKAND, to provide seafarers with immediate access to a COVID-19 healthcare hotline. This service will deliver frontline medical information to the shipping industries and seafaring workforce at a time when they need it the most.

PeterWilkinson apr 30

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on merchant seafarers, fishers and their families, the London-based charity Seafarers UK has created a new Seafarers UK COVID-19 Emergency Fund of £2 million ($2.46 million), with grants being awarded immediately to delivery partners providing advice and support for individual seafarers affected by the widespread coronavirus impacts.

Marlink apr 17

The 'StrongerTogether’ initiative will provide business continuity and IT support for vessel operators and extended welfare services for seafarers. 

Marlink has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by launching ‘StrongerTogether’, comprising a broad range of airtime packages and application solutions to support its customers in the maritime, fishing and offshore industries.

As Stress Awareness month in April coincides with a global pandemic, maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft is urging shipping companies to tackle stress and depression amongst seafarers by ensuring connectivity at sea.

Greek ship management company Thenamaris has rolled out Marpoint’s Evo News service across its entire fleet of 87 vessels, which includes oil tankers, bulk carriers and containerships, three LNG carriers and four LPG carriers.

Seafarer happiness continues to fluctuate and while better connectivity at sea is providing seafarers with greater communication to home, increasing workload stress related to IMO 2020, limited access to welfare facilities ashore, and racism at sea are having detrimental effects on seafarer welfare today.

With the festive season approaching the wellbeing of seafarers is something shipping companies should prioritise as it can be a very challenging time for those who are away from family and friends over Christmas, says Alexander Buchmann, managing director of Hanseaticsoft.

NYK has formed a joint venture with Philippines-based Transnational Diversified Group (TDG) to launch electronic money platform “MarCoPay” for seafarers.

As a direct response to the joint ownership and new collaboration between Seagull and Videotel, Seagull is offering a new and free training title on Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Wallem jun 25

Today, June 25, 2019, is the annual Day of the Seafarer. The 2019 campaign is titled ‘I am onboard with gender equality’ and aims to highlight solidarity for gender equality in seafaring. Frank Coles, CEO of ship manager Wallem has released the following statement to highlight the Day of the Seafarer.

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