Ocean Technologies Group signs up to the Neptune Declaration

Feb 04 2021


Ocean Technologies Group (OTG) has joined a growing band of influential key maritime stakeholders by signing up to the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.

The signatories of the declaration have pledged to work together across the value chain with industry stakeholders, organisations and governments to implement crew change solutions that work in practice.



The following key issues have been highlighted which are currently preventing crew changes and require urgent action:


• A lack of consistency in implementing internationally adopted high-quality health protocols which has led authorities to perceive seafarers as a COVID-19 risk, limiting global crew changes.

• The increased short-terms costs in the supply chain caused by the adoption of these new health protocols.

• The disruption of international air travel which has reduced the number of flights, causing connectivity issues between major crew change hubs and major seafaring nations, which has complicated crew changeovers.
 

The signatories will be working together to try to get governments to recognize seafarers as key workers so they can get priority access to COVID-19 vaccines, establish and implement gold standard health protocols based on existing best practice, increase collaboration between ship owners and charterers and ensure air connectivity between key seafarer maritime hubs.



“The seafarer is at the heart of everything we do here at Ocean Technologies Group and they are the key to our success and more importantly that of our customers.  We want to do everything we can to help end this crew change crisis which has put our seafarers under intolerable strain with many working beyond the expiry of their contracts. As a third generation seafarer, I know how important it is for crew to know when they can get back to their families and not knowing that, because of the issues caused by the pandemic, is affecting the mental health and wellbeing of  hundreds of thousands of seafarers. This simply cannot go on and Ocean Technologies Group will do all it can to try to influence key decision makers to recognize our onboard colleagues as key workers,” said Manish Singh, Ocean Technology Group’s CEO.
 



Related News

Inchcape’s perspective on crew changes

(Apr 15 2021)

Shipping agency network Inchcape Shipping Services shares its perspectives on handling the challenges of facilitating crew changes during COVID-19.



DNV safety management audits target crew well-being

(Apr 14 2021)

In response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on seafarers, DNV has instructed its safety management auditors to specifically address seafarer health, work and living conditions in their 2021 audits.



Falling ship rudder that killed man was 24 tonnes over weight limit

(Mar 25 2021)

A Keppel Shipyard worker died from multiple injuries in March 2020 after being struck by a falling rudder as he was fitting it on an oil tanker.



Coast Guard, Navy combine efforts to medevac ill mariner to Bermuda

(Mar 25 2021)

The Coast Guard, Navy and good Samaritan vessels combined efforts to medevac a tanker ship crew member to Bermuda on Friday.



Mental health issues on the rise onboard ship

(Mar 11 2021)

Mental health problems among seafarers are getting worse rather than better with an industry report citing an increase in ships’ Master request for counselling support as Asian crew members top the list of nationalities most affected.



April-May 2021

Safety risks from digitalisation and decarbonisation - seafarer mental health - ABS advice on ballast water systems