The July Crew Change Indicator shows that the number of seafarers onboard vessels beyond the expiry of their contract has decreased slightly to 4.2% from 4.3% in the last month, while the number of seafarers onboard vessels for over 11 months has remained stable at 0.3%.
or the eighth consecutive month, there is little change in the numbers reported, as the entry into a ‘new normal’ is confirmed. The Neptune Indicator also reports a 2.8% increase in seafarer vaccines, from 86.2% in June to 89.3% in July.
Ship managers reported little new developments or difficulties in carrying out crew changes. While restrictions in some countries still persist, quarantine requirements have loosened in China and overall Covid-related crew change restrictions have eased. Seafarer vaccines have reached high numbers and ship managers continue to actively provide vaccinations to their crew, whether onshore in ports or in their home countries.
However, there do remain some insecurities around vaccines and ship managers report a global shortage of Ukrainian and Russian crew due to the ongoing conflict.
A year after the first report was published, the ship managers providing data to the Indicator convened in early June 2022 to take stock of the past year and to discuss the need for the Indicator moving forward.
The group confirmed the value of having an Indicator providing up-to-date information on the crew change situation. In light of the easing of the Covid-related crew change crisis it was agreed to move from a monthly to a quarterly reporting with the possibility of increasing the frequency if new variants of Covid-19 and/or other crises start negatively impacting the possibility of carrying out crew changes.
The group also expressed a willingness to explore how the Indicator could be developed to cover other areas of importance to seafarer wellbeing such as access to shore leave.
I am encouraged by the willingness and desire of ship managers to collaborate and share data that can be used to monitor and push for access to crew change. We look forward to continuing the work on the Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator and develop the initiative so it continues to support seafarer wellbeing
said Kasper Søgaard, Managing Director, Head of Institutional Strategy and Development, Global Maritime Forum.