ITF Seafarers’ Trust has upgraded its world’s first app designed to help seafarers looking for reliable transport when in port.
In this upgraded system the Shore Leave must be downloaded once, and after that all the contact details of seafarers’ centres all over the world are stored in the user’s smartphone and will be accessible offline, anywhere, anytime. It also includes all the contact details for ISWAN Seafarers Help, the 24/7 helpline for seafarers. With this app the seafarers can access to local welfare providers such as a bus ride to the city, the shopping centre or a seafarers’ centre. This new app will allow them to make the most of their limited free time.
This new system has got a positive response from seafarers where the app was downloaded over 10,000 times.
Seafarers Trust project manager Luca Tommasi said: “The idea of the original app was to transform the ISWAN seafarers’ centres directory into an interactive app that could be used offline.”
International Chamber of Shipping secretary general Peter Hinchliffe said: “ICS always welcomes new tools to help seafarers have a proper and refreshing break.”
Kimberly Karlshoej, Head of the Trust, said, “The new version of Shore Leave allows seafarers to rate the centres and to leave comments, so that other seafarers will be informed about the quality of facilities and services and know what to expect before visiting.”
Dave Heindel, Chair of the Seafarers’ Trust Board of Trustees, stated “Seafarers face all sorts of difficulty in going ashore. Having an app to get in touch with the right people all over the world will be helpful. Shore Leave is designed to give them the chance to get in touch with the local welfare providers and be just a couple of clicks away from a bus ride to the city, the shopping centre or a seafarers’ centre where they can relax and enjoy their free time.”
Shore Leave is available for free for Android and IPhone.
Android: Search for Shore Leave in the Google Play Store or follow this link
IPhone: Search for Shore Leave in the Apple App Store or follow this link
Source: ITF Global