“Reference is made to the situation generated by the Covid19 coronavirus global pandemic, and to the State of Alarm declared by the Government of Spain from 16 March, restricting freedom of movement nationwide to prevent group contact, a lockdown which has currently been extended to 9 May,” says Esther Benito Lope from Navantia’s Communications Directorate.
“Navantia SA SME decided to limit, during the State of Alarm period, the presence of persons in its work centres to essential works for its standard activity, This is in order to preserve the health of our employees, contractors and clients, which is our top priority, and in compliance with applicable governmental directives.”
Navantia Shiprepairs continued to operate, although mainly through teleworking. This means that usual response times and business processes could obviously be affected, hindering the confirmation of docking/alongside availability at the company’s yards in the near future, and replies to quotation requests and general enquiries.
“At present, we are programming a gradual return-to-work scheme as from May 9th and expect to resume our standard shiprepair activity from around 21 May, subject to the positive evolution of the health situation in Spain, and to any government directives beyond our control,” explains Lope.
“The existing docking schedules at Navantia’s shiprepair yards in Ferrol Estuary, Cadiz Bay and Cartagena have been rearranged accordingly, and we currently expect to have available docking/alongside slots from early June onwards, which will be distributed in accordance with the requirements of our clients.
“Navantia is currently developing a general return-to-work plan for all its shipyards, with specific procedures for the different activities of the company, and all shiprepair work will obviously be subject to special health and safety measures to protect staff, contractors, technical services, clients and ship crews.”
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