Stena, Bluewater Choose Trinity's Offshore Catering, Hotel Services

Global on and offshore catering and hotel services leader Trinity International Services Ltd has secured a pair of major new deals with long-standing clients Stena Drilling and Bluewater in the North Sea.

Trinity is employing an additional 40 staff to service the deals, which are worth a combined £3million in the first year.

The firm is providing catering and housekeeping services aboard the Stena Carron, the second of four ultra-deepwater drillships built for Stena Drilling. The Stena Carron will be used in locations around the UKCS on contract to Chevron.

Trinity is already responsible for hotel services aboard Stena's DrillMAX which successfully completed her first well which was drilled offshore Brazil and is now operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

Aboard Bluewater's Aoka Mizu FSPO, Trinity has provided a manager, chef and temporary crew for the vessel's initial journey from its construction port to Rotterdam, where the full-time permanent crew will come aboard.

The Japanese and Singaporean-built Aoka Mizu is Bluewater's seventh purpose-built FPSO and is destined for the North Sea on a five-year contract with Nexen on the Ettrick Field, about 120km north-east of Aberdeen in the outer Moray Firth.

Trinity's chairman, Stuart MacBride, said, "These brand-new vessels are integral to the future of exploration and production work in the North Sea and we are delighted to form an integral part of the team which delivers them to their worksites and keeps them best in class.

"We have been working with Stena since 1991 and Bluewater since 1995, and these established working relationships help to ensure an easy transition to a new vessel for the clients’, as well as our own, staff following sailaway."

As well as providing hotel services to the vessels, Trinity provided full design and outfitting support to their owners and builders throughout construction and fit-out, as housekeeping and galley services were installed and commissioned.

During the transit period between shipyard and sea production location, and throughout working operations in the North Sea, Trinity’s crew provide catering for the international workforce on board.

"Our goal is to play a continuing key role in improving standards of living offshore, as we have throughout the last 18 years – and that means providing staff with the kind of regional cuisine they enjoy at home, as well as introducing them to dishes from other parts of the world.

"We live and work in a global environment and this means that we do not serve bland, old-fashioned canteen food but a floating restaurant with an international fusion menu that many restaurants would do well to aspire to," added MacBride.

"A well-fed, comfortable workforce are generally a happy and safety-motivated workforce – and that means greater productivity, stability of employment and profitability for our client."


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