Brunei Gas Carriers’ Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 has been spreading across the globe since December last year and Brunei Darussalam was not immune from the pandemic with the first case in the country recorded on March 9, 2020. Since then, many unprecedented measures have been implemented by countries around the world including Brunei.
As a small state with a small population, it was appropriate that the Brunei Government acted swiftly to fight the spread of the pandemic in country. Brunei’s low number of cases was a result of continued efforts by His Majesty’s Government and the cooperation from all individuals and organisations, including BGC, as a ‘One Nation’ approach in combating the virus through adherence to all the measures and restrictions which were put in place.
With the pandemic still not letting up globally, our business focus is and will always be the safety and wellbeing of our personnel followed by the safe and uninterrupted delivery of cargoes to Brunei Darussalam’s international customers.
BGC recognised the need to adapt to a new normal; and proactive steps were taken to implement new procedures and additional measures to ensure that our operations, both onshore and offshore, continue without delay or disruption.
Special working arrangements were implemented in the early onset of the pandemic, with monthly crew changes for our offshore personnel and a split shift working pattern for our onshore office.
As part of BGC’s Social Investment initiatives, the company also stepped up to help alleviate some of the burdens the Ministry of Health were facing. BGC personnel came together to donate much needed equipment and medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies for front line staff and volunteers. The donations were handed over to the Ministry of Health to support their tireless efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.
With travel restrictions being implemented worldwide, BGC was also not immune from the challenges faced by shipping companies worldwide.
Significant impacts were seen on the shipping industry and on seafarers themselves, creating hurdles to crew changes and repatriation of seafarers leading to concerns over their safety and wellbeing.
BGC recognised these challenges and worked closely with relevant agencies to ensure our crew changes were not severely impacted and at the same time launched a special campaign to promote awareness on the cause of the seafarers as key workers and front liners to the nation’s economy.
BGC continues to monitor developments and will always be guided by the directives issued by the Brunei Government so we can continue to provide a safe and reliable shipping service to the Brunei LNG value chain, and more importantly to the Brunei economy.
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