CSL Signs the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

CSL is proud to be among the 300 companies and organizations that have signed on to the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change. Signatories to the Declaration recognize the shared responsibility across the marine industry and beyond to resolve the crew change crisis that has emerged in many parts of the world as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travel restrictions and other measures put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 have had the unfortunate consequence of leaving hundreds of thousands of seafarers stranded on board ships. These long periods at sea without the ability to be relieved has had a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of these essential workers and has increased the risk of maritime incidents and supply chain disruptions.

By signing the Neptune Declaration, CSL supports four main actions to facilitate crew change and ensure sustainable global supply chains:

  • 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.

Click here for the list of signatories and more information on the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.