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01 February, 2021

Inchcape Shipping Services signs Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change

Inchcape Shipping Services have joined more than 450 organisations as signatories to the Neptune Declaration.  The Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented crew change crisis which has led to hundreds of thousands of seafarers being impacted and in many instances left stranded on ships, beyond the expiry of their contracts. Despite significant efforts by international organizations, governments, industry associations, labor unions, NGOs and individual companies including the adoption on 1 December 2020 by the UN General Assembly of a resolution on International cooperation to address challenges faced by seafarers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to support global supply chains, the issue is still far from resolved.

The signatories to The Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change, recognise that we all have a shared responsibility to ensure that the current crew change crisis is resolved as soon as possible and to use the learnings from the crisis as an opportunity to build a more resilient maritime supply chain.

The Neptune Declaration outlines the main actions that need to be taken to resolve the crew change crisis including:

  • Recognizing seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
  • Establishing and implementing gold standard health protocols based on existing best practice
  • Increasing collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
  • Ensuring air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers

As part of the declaration, we recognize that we have a shared responsibility to ensure that the current crew change crisis is resolved as soon as possible and to use the learnings from the crisis as an opportunity to build a more resilient maritime supply chain.