Transocean has said it is “taking precautions” after two crew members tested positive for Covid-19 on one of its rigs offshore UK.
Staff who were in close contact with the confirmed sufferers have been removed from the Transocean 712 rig and are self-isolating, the company said.
Transocean 712 is currently anchored within the Cromarty Firth Port area.
It is understood customer Chrysaor suspended its contract for the rig as part of a wider scaling back of non-essential activities.
The vessel had been chartered to Chrysaor until January 2021, according to Transocean’s most recent fleet status report, published in February.
Commenting on the firm’s Covid-19 response, a spokeswoman for Transocean said: “There is no higher priority than the health and safety of our employees.
“Transocean is following Oil and Gas UK guidelines in response to two crew members testing positive for Covid-19 on the Transocean 712 as the rig down manned.
“We continue to take precautions to reduce risk of exposure and all crew members who were in close contact with those who tested positive have been removed from the rig and are self-isolating.
“The rig is safely anchored within the Cromarty Firth Port area.”