Offshore accommodation and workspace modules

Paul Boughton

Hayley Yule looks at accommodation and workspace modules designed for the offshore energy market.

Ferguson Group supplies high quality offshore containers, modules and refrigeration/freezer solutions from its UK base exporting to a global energy marketplace.

Ferguson Modular supplies A60, DNV 2.7-1 certified accommodation and workspace modules designed for the offshore, energy and renewables markets, which offer a range of high standard and comfortable offshore accommodation, supported by a range of workspaces and ancillary modules.

The group's offshore container division, Ferguson Seacabs, has been serving the offshore container rental market for over 30 years and is now a major provider in the supply of specialist cargo transportation equipment.

In 2011 the group launched its new accommodation service vessel, which has recently completed its first contract on a renewables project in the North Sea.

IceBlue Refrigeration Offshore is the most recent addition to Ferguson Group, and provides refrigerated containers to the offshore sector.

The company has made a number of improvements to its offshore product range through its progressive research and development programme, and by seeking feedback from clients.[Page Break]

Recent improvements have included the installation of a brand new bespoke HVAC system, electric dampers and ISO corner castings for accommodation and workspace modules, while heavy-duty floor mounted tie down points have been added to half height and open top containers.

The culture of safety is continually at the forefront of the offshore oil and gas industry and product enhancements such as adding an end door to cargo baskets and half height containers reduce the risk of injury to personnel by removing the need to climb into a container for inspection and maintenance.[Page Break]

Continual enhancement and development of the product range is achieved by listening to clients and pre-empting trends in the wider marketplace. The experienced team, with a tracking system for checking availability, delivery timescales and fast turnaround means that prospective clients' needs are met with a reliable service that fully complies with their specifications. This level of service has led to an international presence, which has grown over the years with bases in Norway, UAE, Singapore, UK, and Australia supported by key partnerships located around the world. Commercial success for Ferguson Group has also led to the company expanding into larger premises in Norway and Australia during 2012, with plans in place to launch a further office in the Middle East this year and its fifth base in Australia in early 2013.

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Hayley Yule is with Ferguson Group, Kintore, Aberdeenshire, UK.

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