Technology Enhances Crew Well-being -Report
A new report published by satellite communications provider Inmarsat examines the ways technology can benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea, at a moment when COVID-19 has exposed the welfare of seafarers to global scrutiny.The report, "Welfare 2.0: How can the next generation of technology enable better crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea?", has been prepared by consultancy Thetius and follows an earlier "Trade 2.0" report focusing on the impact new technologies…
Inmarsat Extends Seafarer Support
Satellite communications provider Inmarsat says it continues to ramp up its response to COVID-19, with additional initiatives to improve seafarer wellbeing. These initiatives include further collaboration with ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network) and maritime charities, the launch of a new chatcard and the wider roll-out of a COVID-19 video telemedicine call service.As the pandemic has unfolded, the ompany has worked closely with welfare organization…
Maritime Medical: Keeping Ship Crews Healthy During a Pandemic
In the best of times, keeping ship crews mentally and physically healthy is a challenge premised on the inherent nature of and dangers in the job, plus the proximity of ship from ready, shoreside help. Add a global pandemic and the situation becomes untenable. We checked in with a select group of maritime medical care organizations for mitigating COVID-19 maritime medical risk.Seafarers are an essential workforce to the global economy with as many as 1.5 million working day and night…
ABS’ Wiernicki: “COVID-19 will function as threat, a disruptor and catalyst for change”
As COVID-19 and a historically weak energy market wreaks havoc on the maritime industry, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, American Bureau of Shipping, tells Maritime Reporter & Engineering News in its May 2020 edition that “COVID-19 will function as threat, a disruptor and catalyst for change, driving class further away from calendar maintenance towards predictive operations. The industry will accelerate its digitally driven movement into condition-based approaches and real-time…
Connecting Crew During COVID-19
Inmarsat Maritime President Ronald Spithout says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organizations to assist seafarers in need.Given Inmarsat’s position as the leading provider of maritime VSAT and L-Band services at sea, it is hardly surprising that we have been alert to the direct connection between coronavirus and surging demand for crew voice call and data services.
Martek Calls for Safer Shipping
Martek Marine, the global maritime technology innovator, is leading calls to make the shipping industry safer for seafarers to mark European Shipping Week, taking place in Brussels this week. To encourage shipping companies to invest in improved healthcare for crew members, the company has pledged to donate $100 to charity for every life saved through the use of its revolutionary telemedicine offering iVital. The world’s first telemedicine service available without a large upfront capital investment…
Future Care Launches New Website
Future Care, Inc., a provider of global maritime medical management and cost containment services to the maritime community, has launched its new website www.futurecareinc.com. The revised website showcases Future Care’s Caring for the Crew program, a premier suite of services for ship owners, crewmembers and P&I Clubs. Available around the globe, at any time of day or night, at sea or in port, Future Care’s Caring for the Crew program provides an immediate and hands-on response to the seafarer’s medical needs, be it emergency or routine.
BlueMed Marine Medical Service Launched
Thomas Miller Claims Management (TMCM) said it has taken a step toward its goal of delivering a complete marine medical solution, with the launch of its BlueMed combined service. BlueMed builds on TMCM’s place as a provider of maritime medical assistance to the shipping, cruise and large yacht sectors, by integrating a specialized marine and energy “telemedicine” service to create a complete package. The telemedicine service, provided by a team of emergency and trauma doctors in Aberdeen…
Cobham, Inmarsat Enable Smart Shipping for Nanjing Tankers
Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), and Cobham SATCOM today announced that their partner Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company Ltd. (MCN) has won the largest Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installation project to date, with Nanjing Tanker Corporation of China. Just two weeks after the launch of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service, the agreement brings always-on, next generation high-speed broadband capability worldwide to 70 ships; delivering ‘smart shipping’ connectivity to drive performance optimisation and a step change in crew communications and welfare for Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NTC) vessels.
Nanjing Tankers Implements 'Smart Shipping' Connectivity
Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM announced that their partner Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company Ltd. (MCN) has won the largest Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installation project to date, with Nanjing Tanker Corporation of China. Just two weeks after the launch of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service, the agreement brings always-on, next generation high-speed broadband capability worldwide to 70 ships; delivering ‘smart shipping’ connectivity to drive performance optimization and a step change in crew communications and welfare for Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NTC) vessels.
Inmarsat Launches Fleet Xpress
Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications, has launched Fleet Xpress; the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators available from a single communications provider. Fleet Xpress aims to allow ship owners and operators to enhance business intelligence, improve operational efficiency and vessel performance, and provide a host of high-value, crew welfare benefits. Fleet Xpress will also empower third party application providers to enhance existing services to maritime customers…
Partnership Aims to Improve Seafarers Wellbeing
Maritime telemedicine business ClipperTelemed+ and maritime charity Sailors’ Society have partnered to jointly promote health and wellbeing at sea through a series of events. Working alongside Sailors’ Society, ClipperTelemed+ will run a number of receptions, sailing days and other events to introduce ship operators and others working within the maritime environment to both organizations and explain how a healthy, happy crew will make for an efficient vessel and truly enhance the bottom line.
Globecomm Displays Communication Range at Posidonia
Specialist communications provider Globecomm Maritime said it will use the Posidonia 2014 exhibition to showcase the latest additions to its innovative range of connectivity management solutions. Globecomm also said it will provide a chance for users to hear from experts on how to get the best from next generation ship-shore communications solutions. New from Globecomm is Nimbus, a scalable platform solution for managing and simplifying ship and shore-based communications, enabling users to choose the applications and levels of user control that suit them best.
Diginonymous, GW Partner for Offshore Medical Software
Software developer Diginonymous LLC and Maritime Medical Access Program at The George Washington University (GW) Medical Faculty Associates have teamed up to offer an advanced shipboard video telemedicine service for the international maritime industry to help clients meet the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 requirements for crew healthcare. The GW Maritime Medical Access Program and Diginonymous developed the Digi+Doc service, a maritime medical solution leveraging GW’s decades of experience and Diginonymous’ products to provide immediate…
Stratos Introduces StratosMAX II Nomadic
Stratos Introduces StratosMAX II Nomadic, a New Broadband Service for the Energy Community in the Gulf of Mexico. New service offers voice and high-speed data in Vessel and Transportable versions. Bethesda, Maryland (October 20, 2011) – Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today introduced StratosMAX II Nomadic, a new version of its popular StratosMAX II broadband service offered via the Stratos microwave network for the offshore energy community in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) region.
Meeting MLC – and More
The MLC 2006 Code isn’t easily defined or satisfied. Nevertheless, DigiGone’s Shipboard Video Telemedicine service and GWU’s Medical Faculty Associates have been doing just that, for years. The service actually goes much further. Title 4 of MLC 2006 requires that health protection and medical care for seafarers must include prompt access to necessary medicines, medical equipment and facilities for diagnosis and treatment. Ratified by more than 30 member states reflecting more than 33 percent of world gross tonnage, MLC 2006 came into effect in August 2013.
Future Care, Yale School of Medicine to Host CMA Panel
This Seminar will be held at the Connecticut Maritime Association Exhibition in Stamford, Connecticut, at 3 p.m. EST on March 19, 2014, in the Charter Oak Seminar room. The distinguished panel of experts will discuss the growing prevalence of shipboard telemedical diagnosis and treatment and its effect on the immediate and long term health care of the international seafarer. The panel discussion will kick off with remarks by Christina DeSimone, CEO of Future Care Inc. The panel discussion will featureMartin Slade…
MLC Mandated Medical Management for Mariners
Managed medical care specialist Future Care is changing the way the maritime industry looks at mariner healthcare. The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) has forever changed the way vessel operators look at healthcare for the world’s 1.3 million mariners. For some, it means simple compliance with a minimum set of standards and managing the costs associated with that standard. For others, MLC is a call to arms for those who work to make sure that healthcare at sea means more than just emergency telemedicine services.
New Courses Fill Catering Knowledge Gap
A survey of officers and crew by a leading tanker owner suggests catering and galley staff throughout the industry may be in urgent need of training, according to Seagull. The computer-based training provider draws attention to a thorough survey of all ranks undertaken by Finaval S.p.A, a tanker owner, in cooperation with CIRM (International Radio-Medical Centre Rome) and UNICAM (Centre for Clinical Research, Telemedicine and Telepharmacy, Camerino University) focusing on knowledge and understanding of food hygiene and food handling best practice.