COVID-19 outbreak at Keppel Shipyard

Ship undergoing works at Keppel Shipyard. Credit: Teekay Corp/Keppel Shipyard

Keppel Shipyard in Singapore has placed 100 employees on leave of absence, after two personnel and two customers tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Local health authorities have identified the shipbuilder as a new COVID-19 cluster on 2 April 2020, after a few individuals on the premises came down with the disease.

Part of the home-grown conglomerate Keppel Corporation, Keppel Shipyard undertakes ship repair and conversions of tankers into floating storage units.

A Keppel Shipyard official informed SAS that the areas that the infected victims came into contact with have been “thoroughly deep cleaned and disinfected”.

As an added precaution, parts of the shipyard, located at Tuas industrial estate, have been closed.

The 100 employees that have been asked to stay at home comprise direct employees and resident contractors, said the official.

A total of 1,049 people in Singapore have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of 2 April, with five deaths as of 3 April.