In the modern connected world, we are used to having instant access to advice on virtually any topic under the sun. What the online world had made possible is truly astounding and something earlier generations may have dreamed about but never seriously thought they would experience.
A ship is intended to venture far from land as that is its function and purpose. Until very recently, the ability to even discuss issues with the shore office was quite limited and anything beyond that impossible.
However, after almost two decades the industry is beginning to consider what might be possible and because in several areas, the monitoring is just an extension of mandatory requirements, some owners and operators will go the extra step. If the concept gains traction then there will be many service providers and specialists wanting to offer their services to shipowners. There are a variety of possible permutations and what suits one owner may not be what another wants.
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