The Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change
The UK Club is delighted to be a signatory on the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.
This initiative is a global call to action to address the ongoing crew change crisis focusing on concrete actions that can facilitate crew changes and keep vital global supply chains functioning.
More than 300 companies and organizations recognize that they have a shared responsibility based on their roles across the entire maritime value chain, and beyond, to ensure that the crew change crisis is resolved as soon as possible. They have signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change that defines four main actions to facilitate crew changes and keep global supply chains functioning:
- Recognize seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
- Establish and implement gold standard health protocols based on existing best practice
- Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
- Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers
Andrew Taylor, CEO, UK P&I Club, says:
“As this pandemic has developed it has become increasingly clear that seafarers, as an essential part of the global supply chain, should be treated as key workers with prioritised access to vaccinations. We fully endorse the aims of the Neptune Declaration.”
A copy of the press release is available here.
UK Club Staff
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