“We are taking these measures to provide the best possible
protection for the people working at our shipyard,” Alex Gregg-Smith, Managing
Director of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, explained.
“It is our aim to restart once the acute coronavirus threat
has ended and to get operations back up and running again as quickly as
possible. By taking this action now we believe that the interests of all
parties are best protected.”
As a result of the spread of Covid-19 in Europe, many
countries have closed their borders and are recalling their citizens from
abroad. According to the shipbuilder, this directly affects FSG and its
subcontractors, suppliers as well as shipping company representatives at the
FSG further said that an application has already been made
to the Federal Employment Agency extension of short-time work.
A few days ago, Italian shipbuilding major Fincantieri also
suspended production activities at its Italian shipyards as a precautionary
measure aimed at countering the potential spread of COVID-19.