Singapore: It won’t be long before all ships have broadband internet, claims the head of a leading Singapore tech firm in today’s Maritime CEO interview.
Joseph Foo is the founder of Jason Marine, a 1976-established provider of integrated solutions of communication, navigation and automation systems. His thoughts on connectivity at sea echo the majority of Maritime CEO readers who voted 87% in favour of mandatory internet at sea for all seafarers in a poll carried this April.
“In time to come,” Foo says, “we believe that broadband connectivity would be an integral part of all vessels in the near future. Vessels with broadband access would have a distinct advantage, as most, especially young people, consider access to broadband as part of the basic working environment.”
This need, he says, is driven in no small part by social media.
“Social media is an integral part of everyday life,” Foo observes, “so access to social media is a very important aspect in crew welfare. With this, people onboard the vessel can stay connected with their loved ones and friends onshore, like via Facebook. If not, many people would feel miserable.”