BIMCO has joined
the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Well-being and Crew Change, and was
encouraged to see the first publication from the Together in Safety initiative.
The initiatives signal the need for increased collaboration in the face of
The well-being of our seafarers is paramount to ensure safety
“Our industry is
facing multiple crises: a crewing crisis and a piracy crisis – not to mention a
long term climate crisis. The well-being of our seafarers is paramount to
ensure safety. And only by working closely together and committing significant
resources will we be able to overcome these challenges,” says BIMCO Secretary
General David Loosley.
As a large
shipping organisation ,BIMCO will focus particularly on getting more key
stakeholders to take the coordinated actions required to address the crises.
This includes the charterers, national governments and the EU.
The Neptune Declaration an excellent step to highlight the need for
Declaration was an excellent step to further highlight the need for change, and
it outlines four key areas of action that the shipping community needs:
seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 test and
• Establish and
implement common standard health protocols based on existing best practice
collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
• Ensure travel
connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers
BIMCO is already engaged in these activities on multiple levels.
At the World
Economic Forum Davos event on 28 February, BIMCO’s President Designate, Sabrina
Chao, will represent the shipping industry in a high level discussion on
vaccines, vaccine passes and cross border mobility. You can join the discussion
at 12:00 CET.
Working with CommonPass; it points out compliance with the health
entry requirements of their destination with a simple yes/no certificate
avenue to create a secure vaccine pass is the CommonPass platform.
“BIMCO is working
with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Commons Project to see if we can
use the CommonPass technology and platform to enable seafarers safe crew
change,” Loosley says.
platform lets people collect their lab results and vaccination records from
trusted data sources and demonstrate their compliance with the health entry
requirements of their destination; if they meet the requirements, the platform
generates a simple yes/no CommonPass certificate that they can use to
demonstrate their compliance without revealing any personal health information.
intention is to engage more with stakeholders adjacent to the shipping
Another example of
this will be BIMCO President Sadan Kaptanoglus’s participation in a discussion
at the World Ocean Summit on 2 March. The topic is collaborating across
industry and supply chains to reduce emissions.
BIMCO has also
been supporting the Together in Safety initiative, which released its first
report on 22 January.