Offshore life is tough. Employees working on oil platforms have to leave their families and homes to spend two to four weeks in facilities located in the middle of the sea. Besides the demanding platform work, workers have to get used to the weather, the movement of the waves, and the isolated location. To make the experience easier for their staff, oil and gas firms look for the best facilities and food to offer their employees offshore. In this regard, one of the most well-established companies offering onsite accommodation and operating essentials is HB Rentals, a US company established in 1976.
HB Rentals has one of the widest portfolios of offshore solutions in the industry, which includes diverse fleets of accommodation, workspace, and offshore services modules. The accommodation modules are divided into four designs according to the characteristics required by different segments in the oil and gas industry. The ABS/USGC A60 product line is designed according to the needs of the offshore crew, like sleeping and dining facilities. All the products included in this line comply with various international regulatory standards such as ABS, USGC, DNV, SOLAS, or IMO. Another popular product is the DNV A60 line, which offers various robust solutions for offshore facilities, including linkable galleys and welfare modules. Furthermore, DNV A60 certified modules are specially built to resist the extreme conditions found in marine environments. The other two product lines, corresponding with the Steel and Fiberglass Stackable Modules, offer safe working, sleeping, dining, and general purpose spaces that can be installed both offshore and onshore. The steel version is primarily intended to be used on fixed platforms and inland barges while the fiberglass version is perfect for non-classed safe area use.
Conquering Mexican Territory
Apart from its vast international experience, HB Rentals has expertise working in offshore and onshore fields located in Mexico. Offshore, one of the most important projects has been the temporary living quarters (TLQ) accommodation program developed for Far Sentinel, a 15,000 gross ton subsea station owned and managed by Farstad Shipping ASA of Aalesund, Norway. The accommodation program consisted of 84 personnel on board (POB) facilities, each one formed by seven A60-ABS/USCG twelve-man sleeper modules and one Change Room module. The TLQ offered by HB Rentals complemented the 130 POB permanent facilities already located in the Far Sentinel. This ambitious project was particularly challenging because of the short timeframe that Farstad had to select and install the entire complex and relocate it to offshore Mexico. Nonetheless, the facility was completed in time, and HB Rentals is now offering after-sales services to Farstad from its new operating and service office in Ciudad del Carmen, which was opened to better serve the needs of oil companies operating in Mexican territory.