Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) Acting Chair of Trustees, Dr Esteban Pacha participated in the events to mark the 40th anniversary of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) in his capacity as Director General Emeritus of IMSO.
In a speech on Monday, June 3 in London, Dr Esteban described satellite-based broadband as being "key to connect the oceans and the skies, providing access to broadband on board ships and planes, thus improving efficiency of shipping and aviation and connecting millions of seafarers, crews and passengers while on the move.”
He also made a call to “keep connected those who rely on satellite communications for their business, for their safety or security, or just for keeping in contact with their loved ones and maintain their social life while at sea, in the skies or in remote areas.”
Seafarers can spend weeks at a time at sea with limited or no internet access, so reliable and regular conenctivity on board makes a huge difference towards alleviating the emotional stresses associated with being separated from family. AoS is committed to ensuring seafarers are supported pastorally and emotionally.