The Neptune Declaration, the Global Maritime Forum-led seafarer welfare initiative, has devised a “best practices” checklist for charterers.

The document has been developed by charterers from both the wet and dry bulk sectors who are among the declaration's 800 signatories.

The backers of the initiative said their intention is “not to change or undermine the shipowners’ responsibilities” when it comes to crew or the operation of their vessels, including implementing health protocols or performing crew changes.