Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 29 November 2017
The Portable Communication Pods, part of the ITFST’s digital welfare project, aim to keep seafarers connected to families and friends and to give seafarers needed information and resources by providing easily accessible Wi-Fi access on the quayside in ports around the world.
The Portable Communication Pods were the winner of the “Best New Communication Product” at the Safety At Sea Awards for the innovative way of addressing seafarers’ unique welfare needs.
The official launch is being held in Europe’s largest port 29 November 2017 at 12.00 PM at Willemsplein 1, 3016 DR, Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
“Seafarers’ wellbeing is integral to improving safety at sea, but is also obviously important to improve the quality of life. The ITF Seafarers’ Trust is proud of the possibilities, that include communication but also training, port information and information on where seafarers can access chaplains, ITF Inspectors and other assistance. Because the Pods are portable and their use flexible, we look forward to the wider maritime community using the pods in a variety of ways to help empower the world’s seafarers and other maritime workers” said Tomas Abrahamson, Acting Head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust.