Lauritzen businesses join the movement to resolve a humanitarian crisis for seafarers

Jan 26 2021

Lauritzen Kosan, Lauritzen Bulkers and the Lauritzen Foundation have all signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change in a worldwide call to action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by Covid-19. The Declaration is formally launched today.

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers from across the globe have been left stranded working aboard ships beyond the expiry of their initial contracts and are unable to be relieved since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Fatigue after long periods at sea has significant consequences on the physical and mental wellbeing of seafarers. It also increases the risk of maritime incidents and environmental disasters, and poses a threat to maritime supply chains, which carry 90% of global trade.

Thomas Wøidemann, CEO of Lauritzen Kosan, said:

“Huge efforts have been made to allow crew change - both by our seafarers and staff ashore. But new restrictions due to new virus strains and much change and disruption to air travel continues to challenge us. We, alongside other maritime companies, will do what we can to effect safe crew change, and that is why we have signed the Neptune Declaration.”

Four main actions to facilitate crew changes and keep global supply chains functioning are defined by the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change:

  1. Recognize seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
  2. Establish and implement gold standard health protocols based on existing best practice
  3. Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
  4. Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers

Niels Josefsen, CEO of Lauritzen Bulkers, said:

“Seafarers are delivering more than our customers’ cargo – they are delivering critical goods and services the world over. We will do what we can to support the actions identified by the Declaration that will help to resolve this crisis.”

Learn more about the Neptune Declaration and see the full list of undersigning companies and organizations.

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