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Minerva Bunkering stands with 300 other organisations in signing Neptune Declaration

27 Jan 2021

Geneva-based marine fuel and bunkering services supplier Minerva Bunkering on Tuesday (26 January) said its fleet management division MM Marine, has joined more than 300 companies and organisations in signing the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.

Managing and operating one of the world’s largest and most modern fleets dedicated to bunkering service, and employing more than 500 mariners, MM Marine has a responsibility to help ensure that the crew change crisis is resolved as soon and effectively as possible.

“Minerva Bunkering is committed to the health and well-being of our team and to improving the quality of life for all crew working across the shipping industry,” said Minerva CEO Tyler Baron.

“The integral role that seafarers play in facilitating global trade has never been more important. The Neptune Declaration represents a call to action and addresses some of the most pressing challenges facing seafarers during the current era of COVID-19 restrictions”.

The declaration defines four principal steps to facilitate crew changes and keep global supply chains functioning:

  • 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 practices
  • Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
  • Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers

The Neptune Declaration has been developed by a taskforce of stakeholders from across the maritime value chain including A. M. Nomikos, Cargill, Dorian LPG, GasLog, Global Maritime Forum, International Chamber of Shipping, International Maritime Employers’ Council, International Transport Workers’ Federation, ONE, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, Synergy Group, V. Group, and World Economic Forum.

More information on the Neptune Declaration along the full list of undersigning companies and organizations is available here.

Photo credit: Minerva Bunkering
Published: 27 January, 2021

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