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20 March 2020

In a statement issued in response to the progressing COVID-19 pandemic, JFD said:

"We are writing to inform you that in response to the global outbreak of COVID-19, we have taken the decision to postpone all training courses within JFDs portfolio from Wednesday 18th March. The postponement is part of JFDs response to COVID-19 and aims to help ensure the safety of our staff, contractors, customers and their families.

"We are continually monitoring the situation closely and will reintroduce our full training programme as soon as relevant Governments advice states that it is safe to do so. If you have booked a training course with us that has now been postponed we are happy to place you on the next course that becomes available. We will contact you shortly to ensure that is what you require.

"JFD remains fully committed to delivering the highest safety standards in the defence and offshore industries, and our world-class training programme plays a key role in helping to achieve this vision.

"While we are unable to offer you our training programme at this time, our team are ready and available to answer questions about your future training requirements. A full list of our training solutions can be found here and we have set up a waiting list for those who would like to rebook their training as soon as the situation allows. To add your name to this list, please contact us using the details below:"

Maria Collie, Training Sales Coordinator:
Training department:

"We have created a dedicated CoVid-19 page on our website and will be posting all updates here:

"We will be in regular contact as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve and hopefully abate, and we look forward to seeing you again on a future JFD training course."

JFD's Managing Director, Giovanni Corbetta, also said:

The JFD Leadership Team is closely monitoring the status of the outbreak and its potential impact on our customers, supply chain and our industry. We can confirm that plans are in place and activated to ensure business continuity at JFD and that we are running all activities as far as possible in line with these plans.

"JFD remains fully committed to delivering the highest safety standards in the defence and offshore industries, therefore our emergency services, submarine rescue and hyperbaric rescue, will continue to be manned and operate as required. However, non-essential activities may be postponed, especially in circumstances where personnel are required to be on site, or move between countries that are in lockdown or have border closures.  We will also monitor supply chain activity and provide you with updates on any changes or potential delays.

"We would like to reassure you that JFD has a robust business continuity plan and is taking preventive measures to limit the potential spread of the disease within our locations. We do not foresee any office or site closures, unless this is imposed by Governments. We have implemented travel restrictions in accordance with Government guidance and we will be evaluating and updating our response to the outbreak on a daily basis.

"The health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers remains our top priority and we are complying with all Government advice and recommendations associated with the operation of our business.

"In line with this, and like many other businesses, the majority of our staff are working from home, but all main reception phone lines are manned, and receptionists will be able to forward your call to the relevant person."