PTC Signs the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change
By: ptcadminacess

Joins over 300 industry stakeholders in calling for immediate action on the crew change crisis

Founded in the vision of transforming the Philippines into a maritime nation, Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) enables global Filipinos through meaningful careers in maritime. Throughout its more than four decades in the industry, PTC has ignited the quick development of the Philippines into the top resource for global maritime professionals. Today, every third seafarer anywhere at any point in time is a Filipino, passionately moving the world in more ways than one.

It is through this very commitment to the Filipino global maritime professional that PTC has signed the Neptune Declaration to call on governments and supply chain stakeholders to take swifter action on the crew change crisis and prioritize the welfare of seafarers amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have a unique opportunity to make a difference, coming together to resolve the humanitarian concerns of our seafarers – they are the “heart and soul” of a ship who enable this industry to “move the world,” said Gerardo A. Borromeo, PTC Vice-Chairman & CEO.

Recognizing the tremendous importance of the 400,000 Filipino seafarers who serve as the world’s heroes at sea, keep countries supplied of all their essential needs and contribute more than $6 billion in annual remittances to the Philippine economy, PTC joined more than 300 companies and organizations in committing to a shared responsibility based on their roles across the entire maritime value chain, and beyond, to ensure that the crew change crisis is resolved as soon as possible. The Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change defines four main actions to facilitate crew changes and keep global supply chains functioning:

• Recognize 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

• Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers

“Seafarers have been frontliners since the start of this pandemic, serving as the lifeline to essential supplies during these very challenging times,” shares Edgar Milla, PTC Chief Operating Officer. “Away from their families for even longer periods due to the crew change crisis, they risk their very lives to ensure the continuity of the supply chain and bring life back to the global economy. We as an industry must stand in unity to protect our heroes at sea by seeing to it that the four main actions of the Neptune Declaration are upheld and implemented by supply chain stakeholders all over the world.”

Karen Avelino, PTC Executive Director for Business Development – Shipping, adds “We stand with the global shipping and maritime industry in calling for support for the Neptune Declaration to ensure that the health, safety, and mental wellbeing of our seafarers are prioritized and that their livelihoods are protected, allowing them to continue to carry out their essential work of sustaining daily life for populations across the globe and moving the world.”

The Neptune Declaration has been developed by a taskforce of stakeholders from across the maritime value chain including A. M. Nomikos, Cargill, Dorian LPG, GasLog, Global Maritime Forum, International Chamber of Shipping, International Maritime Employers’ Council, International Transport Workers’ Federation, ONE, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, Synergy Group, V. Group, and World Economic Forum.

To learn more about the Neptune Declaration and see the full list of undersigning companies and organizations, please visit