Seafarers set for free internet access at Portsmouth International Port

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SEAFARERS visiting Portsmouth International Port can now benefit from free mobile internet access.

It is part of a nationwide initiative between the Merchant Navy Welfare Board and mobile network Three to help friends and family stay in touch.

Three UK has provided 32 mobile WiFi hotspots to the charity, which aims to promote welfare services to seafarers by helping them stay in touch when visiting UK ports.

The donation is part of Three’s Community Fund, which launched in January and allows employees to nominate a different charity to benefit every month.

Carolyn Lewis, the board’s port welfare manager, said: ‘Many seafarers visiting UK ports have smartphones but no connectivity while at sea and when on land, international roaming can be very expensive. With this initiative, ship welfare visitors are able to help seafarers get connected and keep in touch with their families and friends even if they’re only in port for a few hours.’

Hugh Davies, from Three, said: ‘For seafarers, a connection to one of our portable devices means it’s free and easy for them to stay in contact with loved ones.’