Bringing mobile broadband to ships is becoming very popular, and in conjunction with phone cards, this means I can help seafarers connect more easily with their loved ones. Again and again I am setting up mini "internet cafes" on board where 5 laptops can run from the portable wifi modem I bring. Until ships have broadband (if ever), this technology will be very useful for all seafarers missions seeking to help seafarers.
It was a Romanian seaman who first suggested the idea to me and now ships are phoning me asking me to come! One Filipino immediately tried to call his wife on Skype – it was only 5am. However she was up and they were able to talk (and see each other). In the background we could hear a rooster crowing. This felt strange as it was around 8pm in Cork!
Colin Jenkins – Cork