Tullow Oil has announced that 58 personnel on a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) and support vessel offshore Ghana have tested positive for COVID-19.
The cases were mostly found on board the support vessel, the CSV Lancelot, with one found on the Kwame Nkrumah (KNK) FSPO. The cases were discovered as a result of a contact tracing exercise, after two positive cases were confirmed by Tullow Ghana on 26 May 2020. 51 personnel on the Kwame Nkrumah (KNK) FPSO were tested by the Ghana Health Service, with just one member of staff testing positive. The individual has been medically evacuated to an onshore isolation facility for monitoring, although is currently in good health.
The CSV Lancelot has 200 personnel, of which 57 tested positive. All are being evacuated to shore for isolation and case management, but the cases are almost entirely asymptomatic. Onboard ship, social distancing is being enforced between remaining crew and movement between the ship and the KNK is restricted.
Tullow spokesperson George Cazenove told Tank Storage Magazine that there has been no effect on production and that other vessels in the field are unaffected.