Genova - Several of Europe’s leading shipbuilders have announced plans to slowly resume operations after more than a month of disruptions. During the peak of the coronavirus, shipbuilders in Italy, France, Spain, and Germany were each forced to suspend operations. Chantiers de l’Atlantique, in Saint-Nazaire, France, is taking the first steps to resume its operations on Monday, April 27, 2020. Starting in mid-March, work had been suspended with the yard maintaining administrative functions working from home. Work is now expected to restart in some of the yard’s fabrication shops, including the cabin manufacturing facility, and on board ships, with the use of personal protective equipment. However, it will be voluntary and at half normal staffing levels until mid-May. Subcontractors can also resume work with reduced staffing levels. Chantiers expects all production activities and other functions such as the design office will begin operating on May 11, although some activities may continue to work from home.
The resumption of work at the French shipyard comes a week after Fincantieri, headquartered in Italy, also took the first steps to restore operations at its yards after having been closed since March 16: “We gradually re-started production in all our yards in Italy,” said a spokesperson for Fincantieri. “This process will take place spanned over several weeks in order to ensure safety to all our workers.” Fincantieri’s yards are currently working with reduced levels of staffing as well as staggered shift schedules.
Employees at the yards are also being supplied with personal protective equipment, undergoing temperature checks at the entrances, and using private buses so that they are not on public transport.(READ MORE)