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10 Smartphone apps every seafarer must use

Unknown destination, unfamiliar regions, and unknown environment; seriously it’s not easy being a seafarer. Seafarers are always on the brink of high risk, they don’t even know about! Minimal resources and internet are all they can rely on at times. However, with the advent of the Smartphone era, it has become a bit easier for seafarers. They can keep some necessary apps to help them in the endless region of the ocean. And what are those apps? Let’s take a look–

Anti-shipping Activity message app (ASAM)

Anti-shipping Activity message app (ASAM)


Launched by National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, this ASAM app is extremely helpful for Seafarers. This app gives you the precise geographic locations of different hostile acts like piracy, robbery, kidnapping, hijacking – against maritime ships and crews. And the best part is, you can store or cache the data from this app, and once they are stored, you can use this app without wifi or any internet connection. It is available on Google Play store as well as on iTunes.

ITF Seafarers Screen Shot


ITF Seafarers

In short “Help lines for Seafarers”. The International Transport Workers’ Federation has launched this app for the betterment of Seafarers. It helps mariners to track vessel information, ITF helpline and contact details of ITF inspections or affiliates. This works with and without the internet. It is available for both iPhone and Android users.



Currency converter

Currency converter

Well, people on board are the only ones who can understand the importance of this App. Seafarers are in constant need of the knowledge of currency as they change countries so often. And an app which provides the current currency rates is necessary. Not only that, it offers different features which can prove extremely helpful for seafarers.



Seafarers’ Rights AppSeafarers’ Rights App

Well, this is not particularly an application but an archive version for Smartphone users. Launched by Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), this app offers immediate information about any legal information of seafarers. It works efficiently without cellular data.






The necessary Environmental calculator, this app was created by DNV to track IMO requirements on CO2, NOx, SOx and ballast water for a given ship. The shipping companies are in a constant need to comply with different rules on SO2, NO2 emission; this app is useful to calculate those.





6Maritime world port

A great app to explore different ports across the world. Anyone can search for a particular port aided by the quick search tool. With the help of this app, you can get to know the size, type, water depth, etc. of a port.




7Port State Inspections Pocket Checklists App

This mobile application helps you to know about the prime reasons for a ship detention. A widely used app for the owners of the shipping company to keep their ships out of detentions.






8Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist

Another useful app by Lloyd’s Register, it helps reduce the risk of getting detentions by port state control detention. It lists out 30 certificates and documents which must be on board and 15 helpful tips to check that the ship complies properly with international convention rules.





9ITF Shore Leave – Information for Great Shore Leave

The ITF shore leave application let the Seafarers know about the nearest inns, clubs, reliable transport options, etc. when they are in a new country. This is extremely useful in helping Seafarers become familiar with the environment.





10First aid apps

Last but not the least, here comes the first aid application. This was not particularly designed for the Seafarers, but this app helps Seafarers a lot by providing necessary information on first aid techniques. It is available on Google play store as well as iTune.

Check out the list properly and keep your bag pack ready. Smooth sailing as always!

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Subharthi Bhattacharya

Hey, Subharthi here! Currently pursuing B.A. LL.B. from Calcutta University and raising my heels for more. Passionate photographer. Logical outside and creative inside - A great combo. Love to play with words. And a writer, occasionally!

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