Fear of Uncontrolled Coronavirus Spread Forces Some Brodosplit Workers Home

Lauren Simmonds

December the 4th 2020 – The very real fear of spiralling and uncontrolled coronavirus spread has seen the well known Croatian shipyard send some of its employees home. Some Brodosplit workers are now no longer on site.

As Morski writes, the Split-based shipyard Brodosplit published a notice on the measure for the additional protection of Brodosplit workers from the potential exponential spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has been published on its website.

“Given the increase in new cases in Split and Split-Dalmatia County, there is a real danger that the new coronavirus virus will start spreading uncontrollably, in which case it will inevitably affect a large number of Brodosplit workers,” the statement said.

”In order to further reduce the risk of such an outcome and protect key construction projects, in particular the completion of the construction of the Ultramarine polar cruiser and the construction of the Janssonius polar cruiser on slipway No. 3, as well as the production of the elements of the ”Ston” bridge, Brodosplit’s management has decided to send some Brodosplit workers home to use their annual leave as of the 7th of December 2020 as an additional measure to protect the shipyard from a major coronavirus outbreak.

It is expected that with the minimum number of workers present on site at Brodosplit, the risk of the uncontrolled spread of the virus will be reduced to a more reasonable extent and as such, Brodosplit can successfully complete all of its key projects within the agreed deadlines, the eventual cessation of which would be fatal to the shipyard due to the spread of the pandemic.

Closing the shipyard down was absolutely not an option for us at any point, so we have to do everything we can to avoid it. Let’s stay responsible, take care of yourselves, your colleagues, and especially your families. We hope that the situation with the pandemic will calm down soon and that we’ll be able to return to our previous, normal lives and normal work activities as soon as possible” Brodosplit said in a statement intended for its workers.

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