SubCableWorld recently has given a lot of coverage to cable ships.  We now want to expand this coverage to the welfare of the crews of these ships.  COVID-19 has impacted the daily lives and wellbeing of all seafarers in unprecedented ways, causing a humanitarian crisis at sea.

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have been stranded working aboard ships beyond the expiry of their contracts. As the frontline workers of the maritime industry carrying 90% of global trade, seafarers play a vital role in ensuring the global flow of goods that the world depends on.

With this backdrop, Global Marine Group, along with over 450 other organizations, have joined forces to help resolve the humanitarian crisis affecting seafarers globally.

Global industry and human rights leaders, including A.P. Møller – Mærsk, BP, BW, Cargill, COSCO, DOW, Euronav, MISC Group, NYK, Rio Tinto, Shell, Trafigura, Unilever and Vale, have all signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change in a worldwide call to action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by COVID-19.

The declaration aims to address four main actions that need to be taken to resolve the crew change crisis.  These are:

  • 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

For more information about the Neptune Declaration, click here.