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Offshore fitness

Alison Bledge examines how the offshore industry is managing the health and wellbeing of its workforce, and looks at a new fitness facility onboard accommodation vessel Safe Scandinavia

By Alison Bledge | Published in Health Club Management 2014 issue 10

The offshore environment can be an extremely inhospitable place where the health and fitness of the workforce can determine survival rates in an emergency situation. As a result, there’s a growing focus on promoting the advantages of a healthy lifestyle within the UK offshore industry.

Offshore workers can be away from home for several weeks, so the comfort and wellbeing of this highly skilled workforce is also paramount. Living onboard a semi-submersible accommodation vessel, which acts as a floating hotel that attaches to an oil rig, workers have access to a range of high standard facilities that introduce an element of creature comfort to the remote life at sea.

Safe Scandinavia, currently operating in the Norwegian Snorre oil field in the North Sea, is one such vessel. It offers rig workers a host of recreation and welfare facilities including a cinema, sauna, social areas, offices, internet café, galley and mess areas – and, crucially for the all-important health and fitness levels, a gymnasium. This scope of offering is typical to most ‘flotels’, which are frequently used for platform commissioning as well as repair and modification work.

Safe Scandinavia is one of approximately 20 semi-submersible flotels in the world and is operated by Prosafe, the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation and service vessels. It has accommodation capacity for 583 people for worldwide operations, or for 292 single beds for Norwegian operations (due to the high welfare regulations in Norway). Typically offshore workers have a 12-hour shift on their rig and will spend the remainder of their time on the flotel, sleeping in either individual or shared cabins.

As a moored vessel, Safe Scandinavia is anchored to the sea bed by 12 chains that keep her stable in the harshest environments. A gangway provides workers with access so they can walk back and forth to their rig or installation.

Safe Scandinavia has been on contract to major oil companies for many years and remains at the client’s rig apart from when she is undergoing maintenance, with clients paying a daily fee for vessel hire. In the past, she has mainly worked in the Norwegian sector including at Valhall for BP and Snorre for Statoil. The vessel has also been contracted for emergencies, for example in 2005 when she was used at Shell MARS, in the Gulf of Mexico, after major platform damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

But flotels are in very high demand, with clients typically contracting a vessel many years in advance; there are many more rig projects than there are flotels. Virtually all rigs are able to have a flotel attached, although some modifications may be required to the rig in order for the flotel to connect properly.

Fitness as a priority
Built in 1984 at Norway’s Aker Verdal yard, Safe Scandinavia was upgraded in 2003, 2009 and 2014: at the start of January 2014, the vessel underwent a five-year Special Period Survey. This is a requirement for every vessel worldwide to maintain their classification and safety standards, reducing the probability of any longer future yard stays and providing more earning capacity.

As part of the flotel’s most recent refurb, a 172sq m gym was installed, fitted with Life Fitness equipment which was supplied by DG Fitness – a specialist company founded by director Gary Ross in 1987 (see briefing above).

The newly installed gym features the latest Discover Series cardiovascular and Optima Series resistance equipment from Life Fitness. This includes four treadmills, two cross-trainers, six bikes, 12 studio bikes and a range of Optima weight machines. There are also free weights including dumbbells and benches. The gym provides free access to personnel ranging from 18 to 60 years of age and is open 24 hours a day to accommodate shift working.

Ross comments: “This highly skilled workforce needs to be physically fit to withstand the demanding working environment. But in years gone by, there were concerns about an ageing technical workforce at risk from conditions such as heart disease. There were also factors contributing to health risks, including physical inactivity and shift work that could lead to irregular eating and sleeping habits.

“Having a gym installed onboard the accommodation vessels is now seen as a high priority, especially for workers such as the offshore fire teams, who have to maintain a particularly high level of fitness.

“It’s a requirement in the UK offshore oil industry that workers are medically examined to assess their fitness to work on offshore installations, so they have to complete a health questionnaire as well as undergo BMI, blood pressure and lung function checks as part of a comprehensive medical examination.”

For personnel onboard Safe Scandinavia, incentive reward systems have been introduced to help maintain fitness levels. Many of the personnel follow programmes that are written onshore and taken offshore to be monitored through LFconnect, Life Fitness’ activity tracking system. Andy McLaughlan, public sector development manager at Life Fitness, comments: “LFconnect is an ideal solution for the gym onboard Safe Scandinavia, as it allows people to customise and track their workouts.

“Using connected cloud-based technology, LFconnect also provides DG Fitness with detailed data that means it’s possible to monitor equipment usage, limit any downtime and ensure the best return on investment.”

DG FITNESS: OFFSHORE EXPERT

DG Fitness is a leading supplier to offshore platforms and vessels in both the UK and Norwegian sectors. Gary Ross, director at DG Fitness – who has worked offshore for over 30 years – set up the company in 1987, providing the offshore industry with expert knowledge and high quality fitness equipment to a wide range of platforms.

DG Fitness currently has over 120 rental sites in the UK, supplying a variety of sectors both onshore and offshore, with around £3m of gym kit currently rented out. Offshore clients include flotels, platforms, drill ships, FPSOs (floating production storage offloading) and support vessels. Onshore clients include local authorities, universities and schools. All equipment comes with an annual service, as well as preventative maintenance through weekly and monthly health and safety checks.

OFFSHORE SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE

‘‘Safety is a huge requirement, so all gym equipment has to be fit for purpose and reliable,” says DG Fitness’ Gary Ross. “The contract states that if there’s a fault, DG Fitness will repair it within 48 hours and if it can’t be repaired, the equipment will be replaced within five working days. We hold around £50,000 of spare parts in Aberdeen, so we can guarantee a fast turnaround.”

The company employs highly trained staff – all qualified with survival, medical and insurance certificates essential for offshore work – to safely install fitness equipment to the highest standard, as well as carry out maintenance and repairs. DG Fitness technicians all have at least 12 months’ experience before going offshore, as well as passing emergency response training or Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET).

When undertaking a site visit, the crew must report to the nearest heliport where they attend a briefing before an average 90-minute flight to the platform. Offshore, four to five hours is spent in safety briefings, including orientation of the platform, before obtaining a work permit.

Safe Scandinavia is one of around 20 semi-submersible ‘flotels’ in the world
Safe Scandinavia is one of around 20 semi-submersible ‘flotels’ in the world
The ‘flotel’ offers a gym as well as social facilities including a cinema and internet café
The ‘flotel’ offers a gym as well as social facilities including a cinema and internet café
Life Fitness is the main supplier to the gym, with equipment installed by DG Fitness
Life Fitness is the main supplier to the gym, with equipment installed by DG Fitness
Good health and fitness among the workforce on the rig is vital, as it can determine survival rates in an emergency situation
Good health and fitness among the workforce on the rig is vital, as it can determine survival rates in an emergency situation
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Alison Bledge examines how the offshore industry is managing the wellbeing of its workers, and looks at a gym installed onboard the floating hotel Safe Scandinavia
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Offshore fitness

Alison Bledge examines how the offshore industry is managing the health and wellbeing of its workforce, and looks at a new fitness facility onboard accommodation vessel Safe Scandinavia

By Alison Bledge | Published in Health Club Management 2014 issue 10

The offshore environment can be an extremely inhospitable place where the health and fitness of the workforce can determine survival rates in an emergency situation. As a result, there’s a growing focus on promoting the advantages of a healthy lifestyle within the UK offshore industry.

Offshore workers can be away from home for several weeks, so the comfort and wellbeing of this highly skilled workforce is also paramount. Living onboard a semi-submersible accommodation vessel, which acts as a floating hotel that attaches to an oil rig, workers have access to a range of high standard facilities that introduce an element of creature comfort to the remote life at sea.

Safe Scandinavia, currently operating in the Norwegian Snorre oil field in the North Sea, is one such vessel. It offers rig workers a host of recreation and welfare facilities including a cinema, sauna, social areas, offices, internet café, galley and mess areas – and, crucially for the all-important health and fitness levels, a gymnasium. This scope of offering is typical to most ‘flotels’, which are frequently used for platform commissioning as well as repair and modification work.

Safe Scandinavia is one of approximately 20 semi-submersible flotels in the world and is operated by Prosafe, the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation and service vessels. It has accommodation capacity for 583 people for worldwide operations, or for 292 single beds for Norwegian operations (due to the high welfare regulations in Norway). Typically offshore workers have a 12-hour shift on their rig and will spend the remainder of their time on the flotel, sleeping in either individual or shared cabins.

As a moored vessel, Safe Scandinavia is anchored to the sea bed by 12 chains that keep her stable in the harshest environments. A gangway provides workers with access so they can walk back and forth to their rig or installation.

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Fitness as a priority
Built in 1984 at Norway’s Aker Verdal yard, Safe Scandinavia was upgraded in 2003, 2009 and 2014: at the start of January 2014, the vessel underwent a five-year Special Period Survey. This is a requirement for every vessel worldwide to maintain their classification and safety standards, reducing the probability of any longer future yard stays and providing more earning capacity.

As part of the flotel’s most recent refurb, a 172sq m gym was installed, fitted with Life Fitness equipment which was supplied by DG Fitness – a specialist company founded by director Gary Ross in 1987 (see briefing above).

The newly installed gym features the latest Discover Series cardiovascular and Optima Series resistance equipment from Life Fitness. This includes four treadmills, two cross-trainers, six bikes, 12 studio bikes and a range of Optima weight machines. There are also free weights including dumbbells and benches. The gym provides free access to personnel ranging from 18 to 60 years of age and is open 24 hours a day to accommodate shift working.

Ross comments: “This highly skilled workforce needs to be physically fit to withstand the demanding working environment. But in years gone by, there were concerns about an ageing technical workforce at risk from conditions such as heart disease. There were also factors contributing to health risks, including physical inactivity and shift work that could lead to irregular eating and sleeping habits.

“Having a gym installed onboard the accommodation vessels is now seen as a high priority, especially for workers such as the offshore fire teams, who have to maintain a particularly high level of fitness.

“It’s a requirement in the UK offshore oil industry that workers are medically examined to assess their fitness to work on offshore installations, so they have to complete a health questionnaire as well as undergo BMI, blood pressure and lung function checks as part of a comprehensive medical examination.”

For personnel onboard Safe Scandinavia, incentive reward systems have been introduced to help maintain fitness levels. Many of the personnel follow programmes that are written onshore and taken offshore to be monitored through LFconnect, Life Fitness’ activity tracking system. Andy McLaughlan, public sector development manager at Life Fitness, comments: “LFconnect is an ideal solution for the gym onboard Safe Scandinavia, as it allows people to customise and track their workouts.

“Using connected cloud-based technology, LFconnect also provides DG Fitness with detailed data that means it’s possible to monitor equipment usage, limit any downtime and ensure the best return on investment.”

DG FITNESS: OFFSHORE EXPERT

DG Fitness is a leading supplier to offshore platforms and vessels in both the UK and Norwegian sectors. Gary Ross, director at DG Fitness – who has worked offshore for over 30 years – set up the company in 1987, providing the offshore industry with expert knowledge and high quality fitness equipment to a wide range of platforms.

DG Fitness currently has over 120 rental sites in the UK, supplying a variety of sectors both onshore and offshore, with around £3m of gym kit currently rented out. Offshore clients include flotels, platforms, drill ships, FPSOs (floating production storage offloading) and support vessels. Onshore clients include local authorities, universities and schools. All equipment comes with an annual service, as well as preventative maintenance through weekly and monthly health and safety checks.

OFFSHORE SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE

‘‘Safety is a huge requirement, so all gym equipment has to be fit for purpose and reliable,” says DG Fitness’ Gary Ross. “The contract states that if there’s a fault, DG Fitness will repair it within 48 hours and if it can’t be repaired, the equipment will be replaced within five working days. We hold around £50,000 of spare parts in Aberdeen, so we can guarantee a fast turnaround.”

The company employs highly trained staff – all qualified with survival, medical and insurance certificates essential for offshore work – to safely install fitness equipment to the highest standard, as well as carry out maintenance and repairs. DG Fitness technicians all have at least 12 months’ experience before going offshore, as well as passing emergency response training or Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET).

When undertaking a site visit, the crew must report to the nearest heliport where they attend a briefing before an average 90-minute flight to the platform. Offshore, four to five hours is spent in safety briefings, including orientation of the platform, before obtaining a work permit.

Safe Scandinavia is one of around 20 semi-submersible ‘flotels’ in the world
Safe Scandinavia is one of around 20 semi-submersible ‘flotels’ in the world
The ‘flotel’ offers a gym as well as social facilities including a cinema and internet café
The ‘flotel’ offers a gym as well as social facilities including a cinema and internet café
Life Fitness is the main supplier to the gym, with equipment installed by DG Fitness
Life Fitness is the main supplier to the gym, with equipment installed by DG Fitness
Good health and fitness among the workforce on the rig is vital, as it can determine survival rates in an emergency situation
Good health and fitness among the workforce on the rig is vital, as it can determine survival rates in an emergency situation
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/HCM2014_10opening.jpg
Alison Bledge examines how the offshore industry is managing the wellbeing of its workers, and looks at a gym installed onboard the floating hotel Safe Scandinavia
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