Portable Communication Pods: Pilot Project
Access to shore-based welfare facilities is a key component of the wider welfare requirements under Regulation 4.4 of the MLC. Surveys conducted by the Trust and other maritime welfare organisations, and research by academics reveals that access to a reliable internet connection is a key priority and concern for seafarers; the Seafarers’ Trust has developed an adaptable and dynamic response to this need.
The Portable Communication Pods Project is designed to provide seafarers and maritime workers with free WiFi access to the internet so they can keep in touch with family and friends in ports with limited or no facilities and lacking in existing welfare services.
The five Pods are converted from standard 20ft shipping containers. They are fitted with solar panels for energy efficiency and have a mains power supply connection to ensure smooth running. Each Pod has a broadband connection to the internet, and contains its own built in tablet consoles and seating, an information screen, and a WiFihotspot for those with their own devices.
The first of the Pods was officially opened in the port of Tin Can Island, Lagos, Nigeria on 18 July 2019.