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Best Apps for Seafarers

Feb 07 2019


We wrote a blog a year ago about this very topic, but how things have changed just 1 year on! You can now get an app for just about anything – entertainment, kids, health, business, or games like the famous Candy Crush Saga. The possibilities are endless and can help you plan a stress-free day on leave, here’s how…

8am – up for a run. Fitbit at the ready, you’ll check your data later. Spotify in your ears. Sun is up, happy days.

10am – Run complete, data downloaded you’re back at the house chilling on the sofa. You’ve caught up with all the gossip on Facebook. You’ll catch up on BBC News app over lunch that you’ve ordered on Just Eat – well deserved after that run today!

1.30pm – After lunch, you set up a first date on with someone you’ve been chatting to for a while (don’t worry if it doesn’t go to plan, your mates have just posted a thread on Whatsapp about meeting up at the weekend, back up sorted!)

2.00pm – You check your wardrobe, you’ve got nothing to wear for this first date! Don’t fret, you place an order on ASOS with next day delivery!

2.30pm – You dip into work emails on Microsoft Outlook to see if you’ve been sent joining details for your next trip at sea. Looks like plans are confirmed for next week. You book a taxi to the station using Uber – best get organised early!

3.00pm – The rest of the afternoon is spent pretending to get all those jobs done around the house/ taking ‘progress shots’ for Instagram. You’ll reward yourself for all that hard work later with a chilled-out evening – you’ve got the next series of your favourite show on Nexflix to catch up on.

All in all, it was a good day. Now to look forward to your first date. Don’t worry if it goes disastrously wrong, you can always tap into Rightmove to search for a new house far, far away!

Heading back to sea next week? Here’s our Top Apps designed with Seafarers in mind:

MarineTraffic is an open, community-based project, which provides real-time information on the movements of ships and the current location of ships in harbours.

Seafarer Tax Calculator lets you keep track of days you were outside of the UK and confirm whether your trips are eligible for claiming Seafarer Earnings Deduction or not (or if you are on track for qualifying).

Met Office – Stay one step ahead of the weather with the Met Office weather app. Plan your day, wherever you are in the world, with the latest daily weather forecasts and UK National Severe Weather Warnings.

Skyscanner – Search cheap flights, hotels, trains and car hire all in one place with this 4-in-1 travel app.

Marine Insight – Marine Insight app delivers the latest maritime news, stories and opinions from the maritime industry. Stay informed with the important shipping headlines and original articles from around the world. Get definitive information on marine technology, navigation and safety issues that matter the most to the industry.

Sailors’ Society Wellness at Sea program is helping seafarers across the globe. The Wellness at Sea app takes the core 5 elements of the program and allows the seafarer to track their progress whilst on board ship.

Ankaa – A unique digital solution to revolutionise the way seafarer’s data is collected, stored, processed and shared in real-time within a secure online environment.

PSC – Created by Bureau Veritas experts, PSC Ready is a free, user-friendly and interactive app that allows ships and fleets to prepare for port state control inspections all around the world.

English@Sea – The award winning @Sea series from The Marine Society adds English@Sea to the courses on offer. English at Sea is aimed for nautical students whose first language is not English.