A late autumn video call finds Duco de Haan at home in the Netherlands just as the country is about to go into a few weeks of lockdown amid a spike in Covid-19 cases.

It is not a bad place to be marooned, he admits. “It’s a Dutch town house from 1596,” says de Haan, chief executive of independent rig inspection services company ModuResources Group, which has an office nearby in Middelburg, Zeeland.

It is one of several offices the company has around the world and, however comfortable he is in Dutch lockdown, de Haan seems eager to get back on the road — to Singapore, which also counts as a home base, and to Houston, where MR Group is expanding.