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SEMBCORP MARINE CUTS WORKFORCE FROM 20,000 TO 850

Friday, May 15, 2020 

Sembcorp Marine of Singapore has issued its interim Business Update for the first quarter of 2020, which shows that business has been severely affected both by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in delays to existing projects, and the collapse in oil prices has significantly reduced future orders.

One of the main problems has been as a result of migrant workers being confined to dormitories following government restrictions in response to the pandemic. The migrant workers’ dormitories have evolved into significant clusters of infections, so despite the company's efforts to identify, test, treat and isolate infected workers, it was necessary to stand down production activities to further protect employees and stakeholders.

The effect has been that the operating yard workforce of about 20,000 persons was substantially reduced to 850 persons. The reduced workforce was deployed to manage critical works and support yard essential services, and this will be extended to at least 1 June.

Sembcorp Marine is working closely with customers to manage ongoing projects during this challenging period, and aims to reactivate the workforce to resume work safely and efficiently when the measures are lifted.

The company's future goal is to move Sembcorp Marine’s businesses towards cleaner fuel sources and solutions that support the global economy’s adoption of a greener energy mix.

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