Chinese yard Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry has cut first steel for a floating production, storage and offloading vessel destined for the Petrobras-owned Parque das Baleias oil project offshore Brazil.

The first steel cut for the Maria Quiteria FPSO took place at Cosco’s Shanghai yard late last week soon after China’s most populous city announced partial reopening from a massive Covid-19 lockdown.

The Cosco Shanghai yard was shut down for nearly a month after the pandemic hit China’s largest commercial city.