Merchant sailors at UK ports will benefit from free connectivity to contact their loved ones and access support services.
Ukrainian merchant seafarers at UK ports will benefit from free Vodafone SIM cards. The Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB), a charity dedicated to the welfare of merchant seafarers and fishermen, will distribute up to 8,000 of the free SIMs to those in need.
Each SIM comes with 20GB of mobile data as well as unlimited UK texts and calls. Texts and calls to Ukrainian numbers are currently free of charge. The MNWB received the SIMs through the charities.connected programme, one of several initiatives from Vodafone designed to tackle digital exclusion.
Ukrainian seafarers not only face the challenge of keeping in touch with their friends and family still in Ukraine, but uncertainties of their profession amplified by the current war.