The worldwide spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with its dynamic course of infection as an event of force majeure also poses an enormous challenge for the shipyard in coping with the crisis. Already last week, supply chains were interrupted and the availability of personnel was limited. However, the focus of the decision is on people:
"The health of our employees, their families and our partners is our top priority. We took preventive measures at the shipyard in the very early stage to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible. Today we have to realize that we too, are no longer able to provide our employees with the necessary and appropriate protective equipment to be reasonably productive and offer a safe working environment. Despite our preventive measures, a risk of infection, especially in production, can therefore not be completely excluded. After intensive consideration of the various possibilities, we unfortunately see ourselves forced to take this step," a spokesman for the shipyard explained.
The management and employee representatives have agreed on the exact structure of the short-time work. Wherever possible, remote working will continue and impending losses of pay will be mitigated by collectively agreed benefits.
Closure of production facilities will last until it is safe to resume operations, initially planned until 20th of April 2020. The decision on the exact date for resuming work in the production area will also be based on the recommendations of the state and the Federal Government.