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GERMAN SHIPYARD HALTS OPERATIONS

Monday, March 23, 2020 

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) says that as a result of the spread of Covid-19 in Europe, leading to various countries closing their borders and recalling their citizens from abroad, FSG and its subcontractors, suppliers as well as shipping company representatives at the yard, have all been affected.

FSG says it takes seriously its Corporate Social Responsibilities and duty to care for the health and wellbeing of its employees and their families, and therefore is following the recommendations of the German government to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. For this reason, all operations and production have been temporarily suspended from Thursday, 19 March 2020. An application has been made to the Federal Employment Agency extension of short-time work.

Alex Gregg-Smith, MD FSG, said: “We are taking these measures to provide the best possible protection for the people working at our shipyard. It is our aim to restart once the acute coronavirus threat has ended and to get operations back up and running again as quickly as possible. By taking this action now we believe that the interests of all parties are best protected”.

It is not clear how this decision will affect vessels at the yard, including Brittany Ferries' LNG-fuelled ro-pax newbuild Honfleur, which are already well behind schedule.

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