News – June 23, 2021
Uniteam Marine has signed the Neptune Declaration, taking action to resolve the crew change crisis, based on our position and role in the value chain.
We are all familiar with the burden that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to our lives. Besides the health risks we all face, industries worldwide and their workers have been under pressure. The maritime industry is no different.
With the spread of Covid-19, hundreds of thousands of seafarers are trapped aboard vessels, anxious to disembark and return home, or are still waiting ashore for their new assignment, facing financial ruin if they cannot go back to work. The seafarers are the frontline workers of the maritime industry, carrying 90% of global trade. This situation creates a crew change crisis, massively affecting key crew members.
To help solve the problem, more than 750 maritime organisations worldwide have signed a declaration with concrete actions to alleviate seafarers’ suffering. The Neptune Declaration includes initiatives such as advocating towards governments to recognise seafarers as critical workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines.
Aware of its responsibility to support the maritime industry in such challenging times, Uniteam Marine signed the Neptune Declaration. This way, we act towards resolving the crew change crisis and improving seafarers’ well-being.
By working together, we can endure these challenging times and provide the support needed to build resilience.
Hsu Thet Thar Shwe, Corporate Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Uniteam Global Business Services