German shipbuilder MV Werften has stopped production at its yardsin Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads in Europe.
On 22nd March, the three shipyards halted their current ship construction projects for four weeks, which mainly involve parent Genting’s newbuilding cruise ships.
MV Weften CEO, Peter Fetten, said that the company took the decision in order to protect its employees and their families from the coronavirus. Only by implementing a shutdown, can the shipbuilder meet the requirement of maintaining a necessary distance between workers, the company said.
Along with several other companies, MV Werften faces restrictions in operations, as well as bottlenecks with external supply chains.
Last week, another German shipbuilder, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) announced that it had ceased all operations and production due to the virus.
FSG specialises in ropaxes and ro-ros.