Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) has been forced to shut one of its key offshore and fabrication yards in the city state as authorities issued a Stop Work Order after a worker at the yard tested positive for coronavirus.

Referred to simply as case 62181 by the Ministry of Health, the worker employed by Singapore’s Prosper Environmental & Engineering as a construction supervisor works at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard.

The Singaporean authorities have taken a tough stance to control the spread of coronavirus, measures including closing its borders to tourists and rostered routine testing (RRT) of workers that have seen it voted the safest nation to be during the pandemic.

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Order served

“In association with a 35-year-old migrant worker living in Westlite Woodlands dormitory whose RRT test for Covid-19 returned positive on 18 April, Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard was served a Stop Work Order (SWO) from 22 to 24 April 2021 and all personnel were required to be swabbed.

"The SWO was subsequently extended for a further three days,” a Sembmarine spokesperson told Upstream.

“However, the company has received notification on 26 April that the SWO will be lifted with effect from 27 April.”

Projects under construction at the Admiralty Yard include liquefied natural gas floating storage and regasification units for Karmol.

The Bangladeshi worker had undergone RRT for Covid-19 on 16 April and his pooled test result came back positive two days later. He was immediately isolated and given an individual test. On 19 April, his second test came back positive for Covid-19.

His earlier tests from RRT — the last being on 9 April 2021 — were all negative and he was fully vaccinated against coronavirus, having received the second dose on 13 April.

Sembmarine’s Admiralty Yard was also closed for part of last year due to a Covid-19 cluster linked to the facility before the authorities gave it the all-clear to reopen after no new cases were linked to it for 28 days.

Meanwhile, a fully vaccinated worker at Sembmarine’s Tuas Boulevard yard has tested positive for Covid-19, the sole 'dormitory' case in Singapore announced last Friday.

The 27-year-old Indian national, known as case 62273, lives at SCM Tuas Lodge near to this offshore and marine yard in the west of Singapore.

His infection is currently unlinked to any other case or cluster.