Tuesday, February 1, 2022

New App to Help Seafarers Stay in Touch Gets High Praise from Users

Charity Teams Up with Software Developer to Offer Help to Crews
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UK – WORLDWIDE – The charity Stella Maris, formerly known as Apostleship of the Sea, is partnering with London based software platform outfit FrontM on their development of onship, a new crew collaboration and wellbeing platform and 'super-app'.

The app is intended to ensure that seafarers and fishers across the world will be able to gain quick access to the largest ship-visiting network in the world, Stella Maris's global chaplaincy directory, media content and faith resources which has over 1,000 chaplains and volunteers in 330 ports across 60 countries.

The crews’ will be able to quickly access the 70,000 strong Stella Maris team of chaplains and the available devotional materials. They will also be able to use the app’s built-in voice, instant messaging, and video conferencing tools, as well as a growing suite of welfare and virtual assistant services. Martin Foley, CEO, Stella Maris said:

“Faith is important to many seafarers and fishers who rarely get the chance to attend religious services. The prayer resources on the app supplements the Stella Maris magazine, prayer books and rosaries that our chaplains and ship visitors take on board to crews. onship ensures seafarers and fishers always have access to the services they need to help sustain their spiritual needs and to remain healthy, happy and connected, regardless of location.”

The onship app is a free seafarer communications and welfare platform designed to bring all seafarers, maritime organisations and welfare charities closer together under one digital roof. The app uses up to 30% less data than some other apps, enabling seafarers to send and receive more messages and calls. Kiran Venkatesh, CEO FrontM, described the collaboration, saying:

”[This is] a breakthrough in the way devotional support and content is currently consumed and distributed to seafarers and the global maritime community. We are delighted to partner with Stella Maris to bring this devotional application and directory of chaplains to seafarers and fishers, everywhere.

“At FrontM we believe faith and communications are two basic human rights. Technology plays a vital role in ensuring the under-connected can gain access to the welfare, communications, and faith support services they need, when they need them the most. The partnership with Stella Maris will help to expand onship’s welfare focus whilst ensuring our seafaring community will always have access to faith services and a friend in port via the Stella Maris network.

We checked out the app on both Apple and Google sites and feedback on its performance was particularly good.