MISC in pact to assist stranded seafarers


MISC president and group chief executive officer Yee Yang Chien (file pic) said seafarers are the front liners for the company and have been moving essential cargoes throughout the pandemic.

PETALING JAYA: The MISC group, comprising MISC Bhd, AET Pte Ltd and Eaglestar Marine Holdings (L), has signed the Neptune declaration to help stranded seafarers caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

MISC president and group chief executive officer Yee Yang Chien (pic) said seafarers are the front liners for the company and have been moving essential cargoes throughout the pandemic.

“No words can sum up their commitment and selfless dedication despite the many operational challenges faced in addition to the prolonged days at sea.

“MISC, AET and Eaglestar take a step forward; unified as a signatory to the Neptune declaration to further intensify our efforts to resolve the dilemma of seafarers being stranded at sea which has greatly affected their physical and mental well-being, ” he said in a statement.

Yee said the signatory is vital to ensure the sustainability of the entire maritime value chain.

“Webknow that the Neptune declaration will bring forward a positive impact, ” he added.

The MISC group along with 300 companies and organisations will help to resolve a humanitarian crisis on the world’s ocean. The group said hundreds of thousands of seafarers from across the globe have been left stranded working aboard ships beyond the expiry of their initial contracts and are unable to be relieved since the outbreak of the pandemic.

“Fatigue after long periods at sea has significant consequences on the physical and mental well-being of seafarers. It also increases the risk of maritime incidents and environmental disasters, ” MISC said.

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