Production on a North Sea vessel has been shut down in response to the removal of a crew member with “flu-like symptoms”.
The worker was flown off the Hummingbird Spirit floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) on Saturday, April 4.
A different crew member was airlifted from the same FPSO on Sunday, March 29, and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
Vessel owner Teekay said on Monday evening that it had temporarily shut down production while it sought “expert advice” on what additional precautions could be taken.
Hummingbird Spirit is stationed on the Chestnut field, 125 miles north-east of Aberdeen.
The field is operated by Spirit Energy, which has an 83% stake. Partner Dana Petroleum has 17%.
A spokeswoman for Teekay said the crew’s safety was top priority.
She said: “We continue to work with Altera Infrastructure and Spirit Energy to implement additional steps to ensure the safety of personnel on board, including the decision to temporarily shut down the production of the unit while expert advice is obtained on what additional precautions could be taken on board the vessel.
“We also continue to follow precautionary measures across all our FPSO operations, whereby anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 will be flown back to shore following the Covid-19 guidelines set out by NHS Scotland, Health Protection Scotland and Oil and Gas Authority UK.”