Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ABS issued a guide for ‘Mitigation of Infectious Disease Transmission On Board Marine and Offshore Assets’, including an industry’s first introduction of a notation indicating compliance with the standards.
Several workers onboard the PXA-1 offshore platform owned by Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras were reported to feeling ill, which led to more than 45 workers positive to COVID-19.
When an oil platform worker registered a fever, the doctor advised him to self-isolate. However, being on an oil platform off the Mexican coast, he could only be reached with a helicopter, while in the meantime he shared a bedroom with three other workers. This has risen questions about Pemex’s actions to tackle COVID-19.
Although the COVID-19 has already disrupted the shipping industry in several ways, the offshore sector is also feeling the impact of the pandemic, as many offshore companies are experiencing lower prices or COVID-19 cases.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate issued restrictions concerning the presence in the Directorate’s offices for persons who have been in areas with prolonged spread of coronavirus, while the the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), said on Thursday that it was prioritizing the maintenance of its supervisory activities as far as possible given the spread of the coronavirus.
Deep sea mining seems to be in the spotlight; Yet, there is no detailed information on its potential impacts. Thus, companies and their investors are supported by governors and programs that are in favour of developing a ‘responsible’ sea bed mining regulations. The report ‘Why the Rush’ supports that deep sea mining will be another weight on the already polluted oceans.
Oil major Shell has revealed plans to reverse the working rotas for its offshore operations in the UK North Sea. Starting from May 2019, the company will move to two weeks offshore and three weeks onshore (2/3) rotas, following a campaign by Scotland’s largest offshore union.
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