Genco Shipping & Trading, the largest U.S. headquartered drybulk shipowner focused on the transportation of major and minor bulk commodities globally, announced today that it has signed The Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change to address the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by COVID-19. The Neptune Declaration is a commitment signed by more than 300 leading organizations and companies from across the shipping industry to work together to support global seafarers and build a more resilient maritime supply chain.
The declaration defines four main actions that should be implemented:
- 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
John C. Wobensmith, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Genco has worked tirelessly to support the health, safety and well-being of our seafarers and has been a leader in establishing protocols and facilitating crew changes. The Neptune Declaration is consistent with our belief that seafarers play an essential role making global trade possible and we have a shared responsibility to resolve this humanitarian crisis as soon as possible. We appreciate the admirable efforts of our crew members and we remain committed to helping these individuals return to their home countries safely and on time.”