Coronavirus strikes Damen Galati Shipyard

A coronavirus outbreak has spread across Damen Galati Shipyard in Romania with 41 cases registered in the last nine days. One worker has died from the illness so far. 

Wearing a mask is now mandatory at the yard, and employees are working in two shifts. 

Shipyard coronavirus outbreaks have been reported across the world in recent weeks, most notably in Singapore and India. 

Damen has had the Galati yard on the banks of the Danube River since 1999. Two years ago the Dutch shipbuilder added another Romanian yard, buying Mangalia from Daewoo. 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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