IMC Shipping Signs the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change

IMC Shipping Signs the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change

Singapore, 27 January 2021 – IMC Shipping has signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change together with over 300 stakeholders from the maritime industry. We are doing this to show our strong commitment to the global call-to-action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by Covid-19.

The Neptune Declaration was formed by Maritime Industry Crew Change Taskforce following initial discussions at the Global Maritime Forum’s Virtual High-Level Meeting in 2020.

To address the crisis, the declaration identifies the following main actions: 

  1. Recognize seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
  2. Establish and implement gold standard health protocols based on existing best practice
  3. Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
  4. Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers

Frederik Guttormsen, Senior Director, Shipping, IMC Industrial Group commented: 

“We at IMC Shipping are deeply concerned about the thousands of international seafarers around the world being impacted by the lack of crew changes and the impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of these seafarers.  

All of us have a shared responsibility and important roles to play to ensure this humanitarian crisis gets resolved as soon as possible.  Together, we need to build a more resilient maritime supply chain to ensure and protect the rights and wellbeing of our seafarers.”

Aurora Tankers Takes Delivery of the Third Vessel of a Series of Eight IMO Type II Mr Chemical Tanker – Maritime Amity

Aurora Tankers Takes Delivery of the Third Vessel of a Series of Eight IMO Type II Mr Chemical Tanker – Maritime Amity

Singapore, 6 January 2021 – Aurora Tankers, a wholly owned subsidiary of IMC Industrial Group (IMC), takes delivery of the third of its eight newbuildings – Maritime Amity today. The remaining five newbuildings are scheduled to be delivered through 2021.

The design of the vessel has been developed from over 20 years of experience in trading IMO Type II cargo by Aurora Tankers with the technical team led by IMC Shipping & Offshore Tech Services.  Maritime Amity is the 3rd generation of IMO Type II MR Chemical Tanker designed and built by IMC.

The series will be operated in the Aurora Tankers Pool, bringing the total MR fleet to 22 vessels.

Mr Frederik Guttormsen, Senior Director, Shipping, IMC Industrial Group (IMCIG) commented: “We are happy to note that our first and second newbuildings in this series – Maritime Comity and Maritime Tranquility, are operationally performing very well and we have been receiving positive feedback from our customers since they were launched last year.  We look forward to continuously exceeding our customer needs with Maritime Amity too.”

He added: “On behalf of IMC Industrial Group, I want to thank all the team members, including all our IMC colleagues for your hard work.  We look forward to the launch of the remaining five newbuildings this year.”

Maritime Amity is currently the largest zinc coated MR equipped with exhaust gas cleaning system in the market.  It is fitted with nitrogen inert gas system to ensure longer life of coating and reduced cleaning costs.  It is also installed with shore-based online ship performance monitoring system with artificial intelligence to enhance ship operation and management quality.

The eco and modern design allow for large cubic to maximize cargo loads with low specific gravity. Each ship also comes with fitted scrubber and with a shallow draft design allowing for maximum flexibility for trading and operations.