Offshore accommodation use in the offshore oil and gas industry is increasing. The search for new sources of oil has moved further offshore, and older oilfields such as those in the North Sea need an increasing amount of maintenance, and decommissioning is also increasing. Offshore asset management is intimately involved in ensuring sufficient accommodation is available at the locations where it is needed and within the correct time-frame. The decision to use accommodation located offshore is mostly an economic one. It is often cheaper to accommodate large numbers of people offshore rather than shuttle them back and forth every day.
Offshore support companies can provide an increasing number and variety of accommodation vessels offshore. These different types of vessels offer an economic solution to support a wide range of offshore services tasks such as installation, maintenance, upgrading, life extension and decommissioning of offshore oil platforms and production facilities. The ability to 'house' workers on or near the installations they are working on increases the actual productive hours that an operator can work by reducing travel time. The types of accommodation vessels available is increasing. Walk-to-work vessels that can be connected to oil platforms by flexible walkways are recent entrants to the market, and are used as well as more traditional offshore accommodation barges, accommodation vessels and accommodation rigs. As you might expect, the accommodation available varies in size and complexity. Smaller accommodation vessels might provide around 150 beds, whilst larger accommodation units can provide up to 750 beds. The vast majority of offshore accommodation is produced using a modular construction system. The basic structure of the rig, barge or vessel is produced by one company whilst the accommodation is supplied as pre-equipped modules and fitted by another. This gives the designers and planners much more flexibility in what accommodation and facilities they provide on board and even opens up the possibility of changing the available supporting functions and accommodation to provide different solutions for different jobs in the same vessel. The quality of services available within modules has also improved. Some accommodation modules are available with 'all mod cons' even underfloor heating.
There are many different offshore accommodation companies offering a wide range of offshore accommodation solutions to the oil industry. Due to the high cost of commissioning or converting vessels, barges and rigs to provide accommodation units these companies typically have relatively small fleets, usually from 3 or 4 units, up to around 8 or 10. This means the market is comprised of a relatively large number of potential suppliers. Oil companies or Charterers, who are responsible for hiring offshore accommodation vessels as an integral part of their projects, are faced with a large and potentially bewildering array of accommodation solutions. Due to this, many tend to 'stick with the companies they know' i.e. they engage an accommodation supplier because they have used them before and know their working practices. Offshore asset management steps into this gap between suppliers and purchasers. They can connect oil companies and charterers with accommodation asset owners, even doing some of the 'spade work' for the charterer by matching a required specification to the known features of the assets that they manage. This gives the charterer knowledge of companies and assets they may not be aware of. It also gives asset owners more access to and exposure in the market place, i.e. increased commercialisation, leading to increased operations for their assets. This increases asset owner and investors return on their (quite considerable) investment. Attollo Offshore Ltd is a leader in this type of asset management successfully operating a wide range of offshore marine assets including cutting edge accommodation units.
As a compliant and very competent operator of offshore marine assets, Attollo Offshore Ltd operates assets globally for a number of major blue chip clients. We are leaders in offshore asset management with the highest level of technical competency. We can respond rapidly to market developments and rigorous regulations globally. We offer offshore accommodation that is fully compliant and aim to both reduce costs to oil companies while maximising returns for asset owners. To see what accommodation units we can provide to your project, head to our website (http://www.attollo-offshore.com/), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call on +44 1224 959810 for a friendly informal discussion.