Imtech Marine announced on Friday that the ship’s crews will have access to PressReader as a new value-added service to its satellite communications portfolio. Starting in August, Imtech Marine customers will be able to use PressReader for access to full content of more than 2,500 newspapers and magazines in 60 languages from more than 100 countries. These can be read on PressReader via a crew member’s PC, laptop and mobile devices on board vessels. PressReader and its cross-platform app give users access to thousands of global publications with just one subscription.
“By adding PressReader to our connectivity portfolio we give a very useful tool for ship-owners to improve the crew morale. With this solution, crew members have access to news and events they’re most interested in, their favorite magazines or local news from their home country”, said Rob Verkuil, Business Development Manager of Imtech Marine.
Each ship can customize a library of newspapers and magazines based on their particular regional location and passenger demographics. Ships download their selected titles daily via satellite and offer their crew members a local Wi-Fi connection to download them on their personal devices. With this solution, costs remain low for ships while still being able to provide quality service and amenity to the crew. Once a title is downloaded it can be viewed by PressReader users anytime, anywhere throughout the trip.
“The wealth of titles makes it easy for ships to customize a library of publications that caters to the diversity of their crew,” said Igor Smirnoff, chief commercial officer at PressReader. “Our PressReader Offline solution is a new industry standard and it has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the marine customers. We are proud to be able to bring them a little bit of home away from home.”
PressReader offers thousands of well-known titles likes The Guardian, The Moscow Times, The Washington Post, China Daily and The Philippine Star. Imtech Marine will demonstrate PressReader at their booth at SMM in Hamburg this September.