Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced that it has joined the “Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change”, a global coalition between over 300 companies and organisations. This maritime initiative focuses on the seafarers’ welfare with actions that will, amongst others, facilitate crew changes during the pandemic and the ongoing lockdowns.
The Neptune Declaration’s four major aims are:
• Recognize seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccinations
• Implement high-standard health protocols
• Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
• Ensure airline connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers
Stamatis Tsantanis, the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, stated: “It is our honor and duty to actively participate in this significant coalition of global leading shipowners, charterers and banks aiming to alleviate and resolve this unprecedented humanitarian crew crisis.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have prioritized the safety and well-being of our crew and we have acted upon this matter. Recognizing the importance of the seafarers’ community in the global seaborne trade, as well as in the ongoing success of our Company, this continues to be amongst our top priorities.
“We hereby reiterate our strong commitment to this cause.”