Ever wonder how you can stream a live cricket match from hundreds of thousands of miles away in near real-time?
Well, it’s largely thanks to transcontinental cables laid out on the ocean flow. They’re the conduits for data to pass through – the real physical highways for information to flow.
But cables are considered old school these days and there have been several attempts to find an alternative solution. The most ambitious attempt is Project Starlink – the brainchild of SpaceX and Elon Musk.
With Starlink, Musk tries to eliminate physical cables and instead, stream data using a constellation of satellites.
For months now, SpaceX has been launching hundreds of satellites. They eventually intend to send around 42,000 satellites into space.
These satellites will allow them to cover almost all of the earth’s surface are and provide an uninterrupted flow of data. Seamless internet access in the most remote parts of the world.
With Starlink seafarers will now have network connection in the most remote areas in the sea. This will allow seafarers to obtain and renew their documentation while on board. With the digitalization of the application to obtain seaman books, we can now supply our services to marines even on board of the vessel.
With this technology the crew can renew an expiring seaman book, obtain a new seaman book or apply for an online training from anywhere at any time in one digital environment.
How will this work?
- With internet connection in the most remote areas, seafarers can apply from their devices to obtain a seaman book or complete courses
- They can pay online using easy payment methods and receive a scan copy to their email accounts
- The technology will offer high-speed, low-latency internet up to 350 Mbps download, which is better than many broadband internet connections on land.
- As of now it will be available to people in areas directly off the coast of US, Mexico, Europe, parts of South America, Australia and the South Pacific
- Starlink will cover the rest of seas sometime in early 2023
To find out more about Seaman Solutions’ services and how to apply online to acquire a Seafarer Identification Record Book, STCW online courses and more, visit our website: www.seaman-solutions.com