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What Is Neptune Declaration? Maritime India Vision 2030

Neptune Declaration:

The Maritime body MUI urged the government to take cognizance of the” Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change” in order to formulate the Maritime India Vision 2030.

  • The “Maritime India Vision 2030” will be formulated by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways of India.

Neptune Declaration:

  • The Neptune Declaration was signed by more than 450 organizations.
  • The declaration highlights the main actions that are required to be taken in order to resolve the crew change crisis.
  • The daily lives and wellbeing of seafarers were highly impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It led to a humanitarian crisis at sea.
  • This declaration has mentioned four main actions that is needful to address the crew change crisis:
  • To recognize the seafarers as the key workers and provide them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines.
  • To establish and implement the gold standard health protocols which are based on the existing best practice.
  • To increase the collaboration between the ship operators and charterers so as to facilitate the crew changes.
  • To ensure the air connectivity between the key maritime hubs for seafarers.

Maritime Union of India (MUI):

  • The Marine Union of India is the oldest marine office. It represents the Merchant Navy Officers who are its members.
  • The office is affiliated with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), London, United Kingdom.
  • It has around 700 unions that represent over 4.5 million transport workers from150 countries.
  • The office is also affiliated with the Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), New Delhi.