PSA International inks agreement to support global fight against Covid-19
SINGAPORE's PSA International (PSA) has signed the Neptune Declaration for Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change, joining forces with 300 other signatories across the supply chain to ensure that the current crew change crisis is resolved as soon as possible
03 February 2021 - 19:00
In addition, it has also teamed up with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and 17 other like-minded partners to support UNICEF in distributing COVID-19 vaccines under the global COVAX programme.
One of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented crew change crisis, impacting hundreds of thousands of seafarers. Fatigue after long periods at sea has significant consequences on the physical and mental wellbeing of seafarers. As the frontliners of the maritime industry carrying 90 per cent of global trade, seafarers play an important role in the safety and integrity of maritime supply chains, the company said in a statement.
The Neptune Declaration 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; and ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers.
Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO of PSA International, said, 'In our interconnected and interdependent world, multi-stakeholder collaboration and action are key. PSA stands alongside our industry partners and stakeholders as we commit to ensuring the well-being of the seafarers in our spheres of influence, and to do our part to enable the globally inclusive, safe and sustainable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.'
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