Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard has been declared free of the coronavirus, a further step towards restoring full operations at the offshore and marine facility.
The Ministry of Health has officially closed the cluster at Keppel Shipyard, located at 51 Pioneer Sector 1, after no more cases of Covid-19 had been linked to that cluster for 28 days.
Keppel Shipyard experienced its first confirmed outbreak on 2 April along with three initial infections reported and witnessed a second coronavirus outbreak in late June.
The April cases were said by Singapore media to be linked to the Coral South floating liquefied natural gas turret and Liza Unity floating production, storage and offloading vessel projects set for Mozambique and Guyana, respectively.
Despite getting the all-clear from the authorities, Keppel Offshore & Marine will not be bouncing back entirely unscathed from the coronavirus.
Only last week the contractor revealed further jobs would be lost due to the impact of the coronavirus and resulting commodity price crash.
As a result of Covid-19 and measures to contain its spread, Keppel O&M’s local workforce was reduced to about 1200 persons for most of the second quarter from about 24,000 in March. The workforce has since risen to a current level of about 5000.
Parent Keppel did not disclose how many jobs would go in the latest “right-sizing” exercise.
Meanwhile, in a surprise move the Singapore authorities have mandated that anyone entering the country from 11 August will have to wear an electronic tag if they do not serve out their compulsory 14-day quarantine period at a government facility.
The electronic monitoring device will be issued on arrival at immigration checkpoints such as at Changi Airport and ferry ports and it must be activated when they reach their point of residence.
Anyone caught flouting the stay at home notice requirements or tampering with the device can be fined up to S$10,000 ($7301) and jailed for up to six months.
Foreigners may also have their work permits and employment passes revoked or the validity shortened.