The aggregate percentage of seafarers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 has passed the 20% mark, figures compiled by the world’s top 10 ship managers show.

The level reached 21.9% in September, up from 15.3% in August, according to the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.

“New numbers suggest that programmes set up to offer vaccines to international seafarers, especially in the US and some European countries, are starting to kick in,” the Neptune Declaration said.