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    Coastel vessel arrives at Lerwick for BP job

    Projects and Operations // June 7, 2010

    Bibby Offshore says the floating accommodation vessel Bibby Challenge recentyly arrived in Lerwick Port. 

    The coastel, owned by Bibby Maritime Ltd, docked on Sunday 30 May and will soon become home to workers employed at BP Sullom Voe Terminal.
    Her previous role was in Gothenburg, where she worked to provide accommodation for Swedish, German and American workers for Westinghouse Electric at a remote nuclear power station in 2009.
    Bibby Challenge is a floating accommodation unit capable of providing 277 en-suite bedrooms. Onboard facilities can include a fully-equipped gymnasium, bar and six lounges with flat screen TVs, which should prove popular for a large number of the workers in their leisure time during this summer’s football World Cup.
    The vessel is fully wi-fi enabled throughout, while a large kitchen and restaurant area will provide catering, with housekeeping services provided by ‘ESS’, which has worked successfully to provide services with Bibby Maritime Ltd on a number of projects across Europe.
    Stephen Blaikie, Bibby Maritime Ltd’s Business Development Director commented: “Finding quality accommodation for temporary staff can often be a major challenge for companies, especially when projects are situated in remote locations.
    “Coastels such as Bibby Challenge are a popular choice for employers as they offer a flexible way to house their temporary workers in a comfortable, clean environment, which in turn can help them to retain staff for a longer period of time.”
    Coastels work around the world to help locate workers closer to work sites, offering instant, high-quality, and cost-effective alternative to land-based temporary accommodation. Once their tenure has concluded, Coastels can be removed from their worksite with little or no trace of them ever being there.
    Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority’s Chief Executive, said: ““The current requirement for living quarters for workers coincides not only with the peak visitor period in Shetland, but also with several other projects in the islands for which workers have to be housed which means accommodation is scarce.”


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