Bespoke offshore accommodation set to travel across the world

Louise Smyth

Containers expert steps up to provide bespoke solution for an exceptional project

For a recent international project ELA Container Offshore received a rather exceptional order: it was asked to build a number of bespoke accommodation containers to travel across the globe.

Generally speaking, the containers that the firm builds are intended for the offshore market, but in this case the containers will remain safely onshore and travel through 11 countries by train. After months of preparation, the units began their journey at the end of May 2018.

A total of seven containers with the dimensions of 40ft (12,192mm x 2,438mm x 2,896mm) ISO high cube containers were modified and newly CSC certified. Three of the units are living quarters accommodating a maximum of four persons. Each of these containers is divided into three areas: one area acts as a bedroom with two bunk beds; one is a living room with kitchenette; and a further area is fitted with a small sanitary unit. All three areas are fitted with privacy doors and are interconnected by a central corridor. The other four 40ft ISO high cube containers are equipped as display rooms in which a variety of exhibitions are organised for every station along the route.

Autonomous living

What makes the living-quarters special is that they are designed to be autonomous for at least three days. At either end of the containers, there are small service areas to facilitate this. On the one end, a diesel driven generator is installed to ensure power supply and on the other side you will find tanks holding for freshwater and black water. When available, the units can also be hooked up to the central power supply.

ELA Container Offshore has already gained diverse experience in the offshore wind and offshore oil & gas industry. Whether on pontoons, transformer platforms, rigs or supply vessels, it offers tailor-made concepts for all requirements in the form of living quarters, offices, dining rooms, galleys, laundries, recreation or locker rooms and all types of carrying units. The containers are equipped with all the necessary utilities. This guarantees, in combination with all ELA Offshore features, a long service life, functionality and comfort.

The high quality containers are “Made in Germany” according to German quality standards and possess all necessary certifications such as DNV 2.7-1/EN 12079-1, DNV 2.7-2, based on SOLAS, IMO FSS Code and MLC as well as CSC and are approved from several IACS-companies. In terms of fire resistance, an A60 insulation provides high safety standards. Every container will be checked before delivery. Depending on customer requirements, ELA Offshore Containers are individually customised, immediately operational and are available at short notice.

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