Sydney, Australia – 20th February, 2020
As consumers, suppliers, manufacturers, but more importantly as humans, it is our responsibility to act swiftly when injustices occur. The very same supply chains that keep us stocked, dressed, warm and well fed are under incredible pressure, due to the way in which hundreds of thousands of seafarers are treated. If we really want this to change, we should ask the simple question: If not now… when?
It is a privilege for Verifai to join over 700 organizations in signing the Neptune Declaration. The Declaration urges the implementation of four main actions:
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
We urge other companies to sign the Declaration, and to join us to resolve a crisis that impacts and affects us all. We are part of an international coalition who will be practically responding with a unique approach to the Crisis very soon; stay tuned for further information!