The need for oil gave rise to infrastructures built on the open sea. It has also given way for new work opportunities for skilled workers. However, working in the sea (and sometimes underneath it) can really take a toll on one’s physical body. Yep, offshore living is tough but it can be a tad better with the right help.
Nothing beats a safe and comfortable place to catch some Z’s. Luckily, someone took the initiative to address our offshore fellows’ dilemma and created small little havens perfect to lounge in after long hours of work – we’re talking about Offshore Living Quarters.
Think of it as a log cabin that remains at sea. It’s a pretty convenient for workers and a great addition to employers’ job offers if you ask me. It sure is difficult to spend your days away from your family day in and day out. Although offshore living quarters may not be able to cure homesickness, it should provide a good night’s rest – and that’s the second best thing.
If you’re interested in owning or renting one, there are a couple of things you ought to consider:
Obviously, when you live in the open sea, one of your biggest concerns is safety. The feeling of dread and anxiety can really take a toll on your body. Knowing that anytime during your slumber, your bed could be adrift on the open waters can be nerve-wracking – comical as it may sound. If a cheap offshore accommodation is just going to drive you crazy thinking about all the possible dangers – better invest a few extra hundreds on your budget.
Durability or longevity of your stay should also be considered. Ask your manufacturer the following questions:
How long was the structure around for?
How soon will it be due for renovation or revamping?
Can it withstand terrible weather?
Buying or renting out a good place is important to avoid doubling the costs. Think about it, if your living quarters suffer from maintenance problems soon after you bought or rented it, chances are, you’ll have to look for another. And there’s no guarantee that the manufacturer who gave you the place will pay you back the amount you paid for it. Remember, quality always beats price.
The most basic feature you should look for in a room – be it onshore or offshore – is thermal regulation. Never mind the scratchy mattress (although you wouldn’t want this too), what’s more important is the regulation of temperature inside the room. If you cross the arctic seas, can it keep out the cold? In scorching summer days, can it release the heat? You wouldn’t want to end up fried or frozen in your living quarters so be sure to check this with the manufacturer before making any commitments.
Other features you should also be mindful of are ventilation, amenities, and entertainment facilities. The last one’s not really necessary but you know, working offshore can feel terribly lonely. A nice television set, or a gaming console made available for each room can definitely help ease those cold nights.
Do not choose an offshore living quarter that looks like it’s been designed for miniature people. If you were going to settle for such a small space, you should have bunked with other people instead. That way, you could have saved a lot more money. When choosing a place to stay in, make sure it’s breathable – give yourself a little bit of thinking space to gather your thoughts in at the end of the day.
Although you shouldn’t buy cheap, you shouldn’t also go splurge your entire company savings on a temporary room. There is such a thing that exists between being too cheap and too expensive and it’s called moderation. Get yourself a place with a price that’s just about right. To avoid rip-off installers, always contract with trusted companies. Consult review websites, and other customers who have gone ahead of you. Ask them if the quality of the offshore accommodation is commensurate of the price they paid for it.
And this ends our article. Here’s wishing you a happy and comfortable life onshore and offshore!