Aboitiz company, telco partner for seafarers-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
FILIPINO shipboard personnel whose careers are being managed by Aboitiz Jebsen Company, Inc. (Abojeb), a leading international maritime services provider, and its crewing arm, Jebsens Maritime, Inc. (JMI), now have access to a more affordable and dependable means of keeping in touch with their families back home.
Leading wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has signed an agreement with Abojeb to provide customized wireless communication services that will help address homesickness among seafarers, generally regarded as the top cause of resignation, and eventually improve the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families.
"We recognize the immense value of providing reliable and affordable communication lines between the crewmembers and their families as they toil aboard vessels afloat worldwide. We especially designed this suite of services to address that need," Tina Z. Mariano, head of Smart's Global Access Group, said.
Under the partnership, Smart will provide a suite of the newest and most relevant maritime communication technology services to Filipino seafarers, whose careers are managed by Abojeb and JMI. These services, collectively called Smart Satellite Services, are expected to bring better, more reliable and more affordable ways for seafarers to keep in touch with their families and loved ones.
Initially, Abojeb and JMI will use the Marino Phonepal, allowing Filipino seafarers sailing in Australia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia-Pacific to soon be able to call their families in the Philippines at an affordable rate and enjoy reliable connection and superior call quality.
Other services under the Smart Satellite Services umbrella of products are Marino Textmate, which allows users to send text messages for only P2 per text, and Link Plus, an online application which will have both mobile and desktop versions, will enable users to make calls, send text messages, and access the Internet through the app.
With this new and pioneering portfolio of services, Smart offers delivery of wider coverage, outstanding quality, and reliable signal, all within the reach of Filipino seafarers.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 29, 2013.