Asian contractors have experienced some tough times in recent months as ongoing labour issues and supply chain costs have hit home.

Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine has been particularly badly affected, with the company saying this month that it has “continued to face Covid-19 supply chain constraints and shortages of skilled workers which seriously affected its 16 projects under execution”.

“Delivery of equipment was delayed and longer lead times are needed for purchases of new components.”

To alleviate a shortage of skilled workers, Sembcorp said it “took active measures to recruit from alternative sources” but this was slower than expected due to Covid-19, exacerbated by the departure of existing workers.