So you passed your medical, and you got the job. Congratulations! Offshore Oil Rig Living Quarters – it sounds like a terrifying prospect, right? No land in sight… just miles of ocean as far as the eye can see… and then there’s that giant oil rig looming overhead.
Oh wait, sorry – Offshore Installation. That doesn’t sound quite so bad now does it? How about Offshore Roadway? The Offshore Offloading Unit? The Offshore Gas Wellhead Platform? Not to worry: whatever the name is for this thing, chances are you’ll be spending several months living and working on one of these things at some point in your career as an Offshore Driller. And if not – well, maybe Offshore Drilling is just what you want to do if Offshore Living Quarters is not for you.
Before we talk about Offshore Living Quarters though, let’s get a few misconceptions out of the way: no, Offshore Drilling isn’t all sunshine and lollipops. Yes, there are many things that sound exciting when they’re in a job description (“travel!” “adventure!”) that aren’t actually fun when it turns out they involve spending 50 days on a tiny boat with five other people. No, Offshore Drilling isn’t the kind of glamorous job you see in movies or read about in books – or at least not most kinds of Offshore Drilling. And yes again: Offshoring can be a lot of fun. Maybe Offshore Oil Rig Living Quarters won’t suit everybody – but Offshoring as a whole certainly has its perks, and Offshore Living Quarters is just one of those perks.
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Are you ready to learn about Offshore Living Quarters then? Great – let’s start with some basics!
Things to know about Offshore Living Quarters:
1) Offshore accommodation is generally divided into two categories: “hotel” class living quarters (with en suite bathrooms), and “satellite” class (without en suites). Off
shore Offloading Units and Offshore Living Quarters Offloading Vessels generally have hotel class living quarters; Offshore Installations, Offshore Roadways, Offshore Navigation Facilities and Offshore Gas Wellhead Platforms do not.
2) Generally speaking: If you get satellite class living quarters , you’ll get the biggest single room on the whole installation. This means that your roommates will probably be other non-drilling contractors (and maybe even same-gendered). However, these rooms are still pretty small (between 12 and 20 square meters), and lack en suites (so there’s no privacy like there is in hotel class). You should make sure to ask what your accommodations will be like — particularly if you’re sharing a room with another contractor.
3) You’ll get hotel class Offshore Living Quarters if you’re on the drilling crew — not just Off Offshore Drilling Rigs, but also Off Offshore Well Stimulation Vessels and Off Offshore Tender Supply Vessels too. These accommodations usually include en suites (meaning there’s a private bathroom inside your room), TVs, pay phones, internet connections (as of late 2015 some rigs are starting to offer Wi-Fi in the rooms), microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioning / heating units (depending on where you’re located obviously), and weekly maid service. If you’re sharing a room with another person (either same or opposite gendered; it varies between companies) then these rooms tend to be pretty big (and the Off Offshore Well Stimulation Vessels in particular can get up to 40 square meters).
4) The Offshore Living Quarters Offloading Vessel is only used for Off Offshoring Wells that are drilled by semi-submersibles or drillships. This vessel is what’s known as “hotel” class Offshore Living Quarters – which means yes, you get en suites on this one too! It also has air conditioning / heating units, microwaves, refrigerators, weekly maid service… pretty much all of the amenities of a hotel room.
5) There are some companies that use modified supertankers or LNG carriers for Offshore Living Quarters instead of ATV Off Offshore Tender Supply Vessels. These Off Offshore Living Quarters Offloading Ships tend to have 1-2 hotel class rooms per vessel, but then 10 or more satellite class rooms.
6) Offshore accommodation costs vary between Offshoring companies and the kind of Off Offshore Drilling Rigs / Well Stimulation Vessels they use: some Off Offshore Drilling Rigs (like semi-submersibles or drillships) sleep everyone in hotel class Offshore Living Quarters; others (like jackups, mobile offshore drilling units, and spars) do not offer any kind of accommodations for non-on-duty personnel at all; still other rigs like ultra deepwater semisubmersibles or Modular Floating Production Systems can offer either hotel class Offshore Living Quarters as well as Off Offshore Well Stimulation Vessels or Off Offshore Tender Supply Vessels; and some Off Offshoring companies (like the ones that use Off Offshore Drilling Rigs like mobile offshore drilling units) offer satellite class Offshore Living Quarters instead. Also, different kinds of rigs sleep different numbers of workers; generally speaking, bigger rigs can accommodate more people per vessel for whatever classification it is.
7) Satellite class living quarters aboard an Off Offshore Installation will be split up into “cabins” – which are basically just rooms with a common area attached, each room offering between 4 and 12 bunks (beds). These cabins have their own bathrooms 2) Hotel class accommodation tends to be for everyone on board that isn’t directly involved in operations; satellite class tends to be for deckhands or platform hands who might need.