The latest poll run on Seatrade Maritime News which gave readers five choices as to the why companies make investments in satellite communications for their vessels. Emerging as the top factor was crew welfare as the choice of 36% of readers. The crew welfare aspect of communications has been particularly in focus lately given the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought halt to almost all shore leave and crew changes.
The other two main choices of readers related to operational ship-to-shore communications. Some 26% of readers saw the collection of data from sensors to optimise vessel operations as the most important factor for investment in satellite communications, while 24% chose communications between the vessels and the office.
The other two factors – the ability to monitor sensitive cargoes and provision of training at sea – were both chosen by 7% of readers.
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