August 31, 2021
ACPA has signed the Global Maritime Forum’s Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change, joining more than 800 companies and organizations in a worldwide call to action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by Covid-19.
Signatories of the Declaration recognize that they have a shared responsibility based on their roles across the entire maritime community, and beyond, to ensure that the crew change crisis is resolved as soon as possible. The Neptune Declaration 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