Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report shows digital transformation underway in the maritime industry

92% of Seafarers Strongly Influenced By Internet Access When Choosing Where to Work

Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report shows digital transformation underway in the maritime industry

Earlier this month OSM joined other notable industry representatives from KVH Industries, ISWAN and more to begin discussions circling around the annual Crew Connectivity Survey Report produced by independent information resource company, Futurenautics.


OSM Julia Anastasiou panel discussion with Mark Woodhead SVP KVH Industries, Roger Harris Executive Director ISWAN, Andrew Faiola Director , Mobility Solutions Intelsat, Phil Parry Chairman Spinnaker Global, Roger Adamson CEO Futurenautics

Since 2012 the Crew Connectivity Survey Report from Futurenautics Maritime has become an industry standard, used by seafarers and ship operators to benchmark the connectivity on board vessels and by a huge range of maritime stakeholders to understand the increasing impact of connectivity not just on ship board life, but also on operational efficiency, safety, security, productivity and how such digital infrastructure is shaping the industry’s emerging future. The 2018 Crew Connectivity Survey has 6,000 serving seafarer respondents from more than 30 countries and its scope has again expanded – the largest sample to date since its beginnings in 2012.

This year’s survey includes an in-depth look at data around cyber security and resilience together with a new question set asking seafarers about their views of the new technologies being adopted by shipping, their perception of positive or negative effects of those technologies, the real impact of automation on individual’s jobs and roles, and the extent to which seafarers believe their training is preparing them for different roles in the future.

According to the report, more seafarers than ever have access to connectivity: Some 75% of seafarers can now use the Internet at sea, which is a rise of 32% or over half a million more crew (520,000, to be exact) since the last survey three years ago.


Among the key findings:

  • 92% of seafarers reported that Internet access strongly influences their decision on where to work, up from 78% in prior years.
  • 95% of seafarer’s view connectivity as having a positive effect on onboard safety, an increase of 72% since the 2015 survey.
  • 69% of respondents view the increasing use of big data and analytics as a positive opportunity for their jobs in the next five years, versus 17% who see it as a threat.


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