Shipyards and Coronavirus

Leading manufacturers of super- and megayachts in Germany and the Netherlands are taking measures against the coronavirus, but have not yet quarantined them, Boat International reports.

Nobiskrug (Germany)

assures that it is meeting its obligations and continues to build a 77-meter yacht Black Shark. At the same time, the company created a special anti-crisis group. Its task is “to track the situation, give recommendations on the mode of work and monitor their implementation”.

Heesen (Netherlands)

increased the number of shift workers and the number of iterations in the workflow to minimize contact between employees. Half of the office staff is now working remotely, but much of the remaining staff can be self-isolated if they want. All routine business negotiations have been translated online. In this case, the shipyard will follow the recommendations of the government of the country and will close, if that is the demand of the authorities.

Oceanco (Netherlands) is doing everything possible to “help limit the socio-economic impact of the disease” and transfer employees to work from home. A statement from the shipyard’s director general Marcel Onkenhout says: “We have efficient and secure systems that allow our teams to work remotely in all areas of business.”

Amels and Damen Yachting also increase the number of shifts and the distance between employees. Managing Director Rose Damen emphasized: “The shipyard remains open. “We continue to work on ongoing projects that we carry out for our customers, while at the same time doing everything possible to minimize the impact and spread of the virus.”

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