The coronavirus is now threatening to directly impact offshore drilling operations in Southeast Asia.

An offshore worker, who was on stand-by at a hotel in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Peninsular Malaysia, tested positive for Covid-19 on 18 March.

The unnamed rig crew worker was from the Aquamarine Driller, which is owned by United Arab Emirates-headquartered Vantage Drilling International, according to the Initial Incident Notification seen by Upstream.

The Aquamarine Driller is on contract with the Carigali-PTTEPI Operating Company (CPOC) with activities in the Malaysia Thailand Joint Development Area (MTJDA) through the second quarter.

CPOC, which is a 50:50 partnership of the Malaysian and Thai national upstream companies, operates blocks B-17, B-17-01 and C-19 in the MTJDA.

There was no answer to telephone calls made to Vantage’s offices in Singapore and Dubai, while CPOC’s general manager was not contactable.

The Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 cantilever jack-up Aquamarine Driller was built in 2009 at PPL’s shipyard in Singapore.