KVH has created a website, www.kvh.com/EbolaSafety, for mariners to download the free video and an accompanying workbook.
Vessels subscribing to KVH's IP-MobileCast service will also automatically receive the video for viewing on-board.
“The Ebola epidemic is a crisis of worldwide proportions and one where commercial ships and seafarers are at risk given the global nature of their jobs,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer.
“Distributing the free video by digital means enables us to get the information to all mariners quickly, especially seafarers who may be in or near a port in the affected region, where it is unsafe to go ashore.”
'Ebola – Staying Safe' is a 15-minute training programme produced by Videotel, a KVH company, in association with Steamship Mutual P&I Club and a panel of medical and subject matter experts.
The video, which includes footage from West Africa and was produced in the last eight weeks to ensure it includes recent information, explains what Ebola is, what its symptoms are, and how the virus spreads.
It outlines the ways in which crew members can protect themselves, and also what steps masters, ship owners, and ship managers can take to keep crew members safe from harm.
Videotel is providing the video free as part of the regular updates for its training programme subscribers on approximately 11,000 vessels, while members of Crewtoo, KVH’s online seafarer network, will also be informed of the programme's availability via social media.
Seafarer agencies, including the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), will additionally promote the video at some 450 seafarer centres around the world.