Duffy & McGovern Secures North Sea Cabin Contract

Apache North Sea Ltd has appointed Duffy & McGovern to boost its accommodation on the Forties Echo platform in the North Sea.

The six-month contract for a 16-man living quarters complex is worth around £100,000 to the Aberdeen-based offshore accommodation firm and sees Duffy & McGovern working with Apache for the first time in the North Sea.

The fully enclosed, two-storey complex, which is made up of four linked sleeper cabins, will house additional workers required on the rig during a workover program. Each housing four personnel in a double occupancy arrangement and incorporating two en-suite bathrooms per unit, the A60 living complex complies with the Health and Safety Executive's new guidelines for offshore accommodation brought in earlier this year. The HSE's Notice 62 guidelines make two-berth cabins the new minimum standard for the North Sea and are the most stringent to date in the UKCS.

"This is the first time we have worked with Apache and we are delighted that they have chosen Duffy & McGovern modules for this project," says Craig Russell, commercial director for Duffy & McGovern. "The four-man units which Apache has selected for this project still represent one of the most flexible and popular offshore sleeper modules in the North Sea and comply comfortably with new HSE guidelines. As a result these modules make up the bulk of our Aberdeen-based cabin fleet."

Units for the contract were provided from the company's Aberdeen fleet. The contract includes installation and hook up offshore by Duffy & McGovern personnel and options for Apache to extend the contract after the initial six-month period.