A Gulf Coast Company Shows the Latest in Offshore Living
by: Gail Delaughter, May 4, 2010 6:05:00 pm
A Louisiana company exhibiting at this week's Offshore Technology Conference is bringing the comforts of home to offshore workers. But as Gail Delaughter reports, having a safe place to live is a top priority.
"You're already working in crude and rough conditions. You don't want to eat, live, and sleep in crude, rough conditions. "
That's Darryl Savoy of Living Quarter Technology, as he shows visitors though his company's modular offshore living quarters. The eight-person unit features bunk beds with storage areas, a full size bathroom with a shower, as well as a kitchen and dining area for enjoying a pot of gumbo after a hard day on the job. But Savoy says it's not just about comfort. The units are shipped all over the world and Savoy says they have to conform to global safety standards.
"What we have to adhere to is protection from being burned or melted or exploded. In certain aspects we have to build them to absorb a certain amount of explosion and fire."
As for how the units are shipped to the rigs, Savoy says they are taken to the docks by eighteen-wheeler, loaded onto boats, and then put into position by crane. And they can be taken back onshore once the job is complete.
Darryl Savoy of Living Quarter Technology says when you're working in rough, crude conditions, the comforts of home take on new meaning.
"We do places to live, just to sleep, wash themselves, while they're not working. We also have facilities for just cooking, sitting down and eating. We do facilities for recreation rooms, weight rooms."
They facility we toured had bunk beds for eight workers, a bathroom with a shower, storage areas, and a full sized kitchen. Savoy says the buildings have to withstand fire, explosions, and other disasters.
"There's the oilfield police, you might say, the MMS, Materials Mining Services, that makes sure the oil field companies adhere to safety specifications and regulations."
As for how the units get to the rigs, Savoy says they are transported by boat, lifted on the rig by a crane, and welded in place.