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Offshore Accommodation

Much More than just accoMModation

Francis Slade, Staff Writer The challenge of providing decent places to eat, relax and sleep in often hostile environments

DP2 Service Support Vessels Gezina and Galyna with Ampelmann heave compensated gangways and 48 guest cabins


Cities on the Sea A floatel (sometimes spelt flotel) is a floating hotel or a boat used as a hotel and, for our purposes, providing accommodation for workers serving an offshore energy installation (an oil and gas extraction process or wind generator array). Workers on such installations have to work in inhospitable, remote and inaccessible places, away from home for weeks or even months. “To help cope with these issues, petroleum companies frequently put a great deal of effort into providing comfortable living conditions for offshore workers. In many cases, quarters are on par with those found on major cruise ships – featuring private rooms, satellite TV and even gym, sauna and recreation facilities. The food on board also tends to be above average – and available 24 hours a day. After all, work on an oil rig continues day and night...”16 says ‘How Stuff Works’.

Different Units for Various Applications Flexibility is sometimes important for a system that has to serve a sector needing long term

Floatel Sans Vitesse with 101 Cabins with en suite bathrooms production units but with the capability for growth and reduction in size as economics and markets dictate and for temporary structures to support the completion of one-off stages in a process. To meet these variations, there are three categories of offshore living quarters: permanent living quarters (PLQs), temporary living quarters (TLQs) and additional living quarters (ALQs). Permanent living quarters (PLQs) might well be part of the structure of the platform built during the platform’s initial construction or at a subsequent refit and, as such, are pretty much fixed and inflexible. Floatels can also be used as near PLQs but with the advantage of getting off-duty personnel away from the working platform and having some degree of manoeuvrability to cope with changing market conditions. Also, with PLQ accommodation off the working platform, older units can be re-engineered to handle extended life and extended reach operations. Temporary living quarters (TLQs) are usually installed to cater for an additional work force brought onto the platform to complete a specific and finite task such as the hook-up and commissioning phase or, perhaps, a major maintenance or

Floatel Kalmar with 220 cabins

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