TBA GroupVan AalstSailors SocietyTelestackBühler GmbHVigan
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Cimbria
  • Multimodal 2022
  • TOC Events
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Van Aalst

GTMaritime offers news service to crew

GTMaritime offers news service to crew

(Posted on 27/05/20)

GTNews4Crew provides shipowners a highly-configurable environment for curating news relevant to their crews and distributing it efficiently to vessels.

At a time when access to news from reputable sources is more important than ever, GTMaritime is introducing a fully-customisable news distribution service for vessel owners and operators helping them keep their crews up-to-date on events unfolding in their home countries as well as offering a selection of lighter content to help maintain morale.

Specifically designed for the marine environment, GTNews4Crew can be configured according to the nationalities and interests of a vessel’s crew. News channels can be selected based on language preferences to ensure articles delivered to vessels are both relevant and relatable. News is available in 20 languages, including those of the major seafarer nations, such as Indian, Filipino, and Russian.

Mike McNally, Global Commercial Director at GTMaritime explains: “A multilingual, locally-sourced solution was essential to avoid ‘foreign hotel TV’ syndrome, where you end up watching domestic broadcasts in the typically futile hope something from home will crop up and, if it does, then trying to piece the story together from any captions, footage, or listening beneath over-dubs. It invariably leaves you none the wiser.”

Another priority was accessibility. Today, most seafarers bring their own devices aboard to keep themselves entertained when off-duty. Once news articles have been downloaded to the onboard GTNews4Crew server, they can be viewed from personal laptops, tablets, smartphones by pointing them to the ship’s internal network.

Mike continues: “This allows crew to catch-up on happenings at home or the progress of their favourite sports team anytime and anywhere, whether as a talking point with their colleagues over a meal, or at the end of the day from the privacy of their cabin.”

Furthermore, because the news content is hosted locally, crew are not faced with the dilemma of whether or not to use their calling cards or allocated internet quota to keep abreast of rapidly developing events in their home countries, such as the Covid-19 outbreak. This means they are less likely to be worried by rumours or misinformation spread over social media.

GTNews4Crew is easy to deploy, with ready-made packages and scripts for all major computer operating systems and versions. Once up and running, content options can be managed on a vessel-by-vessel or fleetwide basis via a simple-to-use dashboard.

For ships with limited connectivity, GTNews4Crew also features granular control over how much and how often fresh news content is distributed in order to keep download sizes manageable. In the case of severe bandwidth constraints, the delivery of any images accompanying articles can be switched off.

Mike adds: “By default GTNews4Crew compresses each package of news before it is sent out and you would be surprised at how much can be squeezed into a few megabytes. But we understand broadband availability still varies significantly from fleet to fleet and from ship to ship.”

Latest News

DNV and SIT to promote decarbonization and digitalization

(Posted on 25/09/22)

DNV has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)... Read more


Fleet pledge to reduce environmental footprint of plastic bottles

(Posted on 25/09/22)

Fleet Management Limited, part of the Caravel Group and the second-largest ship management company in... Read more


Idwal appoints Haysom new CCO as expansion continues

(Posted on 15/09/22)

Idwal has announced that George Haysom has joined the business as chief commercial officer (CCO) to... Read more


Britannia hosts P&I academy for members in London

(Posted on 15/09/22)

Previously known as Members’ Training Week, the Britannia P&I Academy provides a week-long... Read more


Sailors’ Society gives thanks for special relationship with Patron, Queen Elizabeth II

(Posted on 09/09/22)

International maritime charity Sailors’ Society has joined the British nation and Commonwealth... Read more


DNV signs autonomous ship technology MOU with HHI, AVIKUS and LISCR

(Posted on 09/09/22)

DNV has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with maritime industry technology leaders HHI, AVIKUS... Read more


ABB and Wallenius introduce digital offering driving efficiency gains

(Posted on 09/09/22)

ABB and shipping company Wallenius Marine today introduced OVERSEA – the maritime industry&rsquo... Read more


DNV and DSME to develop wind-assisted propulsion

(Posted on 07/09/22)

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and DNV have signed a memorandum of understanding... Read more


ioCurrents and ScanReach partnership benefits merchant fleet

(Posted on 07/09/22)

Data analytics specialist ioCurrents and ScanReach, a groundbreaking maritime wireless IoT solutions... Read more


Stay Covid aware warns Van Ameyde Marine as winter waves loom

(Posted on 03/09/22)

Van Ameyde Marine, the global marine consultancy and surveying firm, is advising ship managers to remain... Read more


Port of StocktonTOC EventsPort of South LouisianaThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology Cleveland Cascades LtdCimbria
  • Sailors Society
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Telestack

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping