Daewoo Shipbuilding stops its operations in Okpo due to COVID-19 outbreak
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), a South Korean shipbuilder, has halted production at its facilities in Okpo, Geoje, due to an outbreak of Covid-19 infections among its employees.
According to Yonhap, nearly 70 employees at the yard tested positive for coronavirus.
In a regulatory filing, DSME said it was monitoring its staff and others in the supply chain, as well as contract tracing with relevant authorities, to prevent the virus from spreading further. As part of the effort, nearly 2,400 individuals are expected to undergo medical testing.
The shipbuilder claimed that it was putting forth every effort to prevent further infections and virus spread within the Geoje group. As previously stated, the organization is putting in place strict social distancing steps as well as in-house response initiatives to achieve this goal.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has received orders for 19 ships totaling $1.79 billion so far this year. According to DSME, double-fuel propulsion systems are used on 15 of the 19 ships ordered this year.
These involve ten ultra-large crude oil carriers, five extra-large LPG carriers, and four container ships, bringing the total cost to $7.7 billion, or around 23% of the goal.
The shipbuilding monstrosity announced last week that it had secured a contract to develop three environmentally friendly ultra-large liquefied petroleum gas carriers. The deal, worth KRW 265 billion ($234 million), was signed with an unnamed European shipowner.
Maritime Business World