When Farstad Shipping ASA was bidding on a project in Mexico’s Cantarell Field, HB Rentals quickly spotted an opportunity to position itself as the frontrunner to provide the Norwegian company’s temporary living quarters (TLQ). The bid process moved so quickly for the Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair (IMR) project that Farstad was not able to fully provide its specifications for the project, meaning that HB Rentals engaged in a consultancy process in order to determine detailed requirements in terms of engineering design, regulatory approval, and installation. The process was complicated even further by the fact that the vessel, the Far Sentinel, was docked in Norway, and by the tight timeframes for transport.
Firstly, HB Rentals decided to document project requirements for the TLQ complex, capturing the precise requirements to drive the costing, engineering design, fabrication, mobilization, and installation, as well as regulatory approval considerations. HB Rentals then had to arrange for a site survey, which proved difficult since the Far Sentinel was in the process of sailing from Norway to Mexico. Luckily, the vessel was able to divert its course to Newcastle, UK, where HB Rentals’ fully-staffed Aberdeen operation and service facility carried out the survey. With HB Rentals’ consultative sales approach and internal engineering, regulatory and project management expertise, the company is able to manage a project from its inception to commissioning under one team, providing a considerable time benefit for Farstad.
With this stage of the process complete, the Far Sentinel set out for the Port of Fourchon, Louisiana, and HB Rentals had the necessary technical information to compile an accurate budgetary proposal. This came in the form of a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) report, which is a detailed analysis of the engineering needs of the project, and is able to identify a preliminary costing scale. At this point, HB Rentals was able to draft a complex proposal for the potential Farstad TLQ with the most accurate information available. HB Rentals attributes its success in winning the contract to its plethora of quality assurance checkpoints, and this was able to ensure a quality and timely delivery.
The proposal put forth for the Far Sentinel by HB Rentals consisted of 84 personnel of board temporary living quarters, each of which had seven A60 ABS/USCG 12 man sleepers and one change room module. Other suggested features included sewage lift pumps, a fire detection panel, a 1,500 gallon MSD sewage unit, a transformer distribution skid, and stairs and porches for access. HB Rentals was selected as the winning bidder on the project, displaying that competitive costs, qualified engineering, quality products, solid coordination and project management, and expertise in regulatory compliance contribute greatly to the company’s global success.