Our Heroes at Sea

Our Heroes at Sea, enduring the Covid-19 crew change crisis, we thank and salute you

 

Governments’ measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic around the world continue to make it very difficult for ship owners to change crews and get their seafarers home, leaving tens of thousands stuck at sea beyond their original contract periods. We continue to pursue every effort to reunite our seafarers with their families, if necessary deviating our ships, paying premium prices for air tickets home, and putting up our crews in hotel rooms for long layovers and quarantine. Thankfully we have successfully changed and repatriated many of our crews in recent months. Thanks to our seafarers' remarkable patience and professionalism, combined with our wide-ranging business continuity initiatives, our service to customers has continued seamlessly and substantially uninterrupted throughout the pandemic.

 

We have engaged vigorously with and urged governments and other authorities for solutions to enable the safe repatriation of seafarers and, in January, Pacific Basin signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change which defines four main actions to facilitate crew changes and keep global supply chains functioning:

  • Recognise 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

While we repeat our calls and efforts to bring our seafarers home, our daily focus is on looking after our crews’ health, safety and wellbeing on board. Our seagoing and shore-based staff and management are doing their utmost to provide our seafarers with support and encouragement so that they remain motivated, feel appreciated, look after each other and do their professional best and always maintain safe operating practices while global lockdown conditions keep them at sea. We have provided our crews upgraded entertainment and sports equipment and access to mental health support.

Acknowledging our seafarers’ patience and professionalism and their tireless and vital contribution to our company, our customers and global trade in essential dry bulk cargoes

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