What is a Flotel?

Accommodation at the sea for crews working in the high seas’ drilling industry is provided by way of flotels, an amalgamation of the term ‘floating hotel.’ Flotels have been used in the oil rigs in the high seas’ sector right from the late 1970s and over the years, their requirement and relevance has increased by considerable leaps and bounds.

When the idea of flotel was first proposed, it was devised as a semi-submersible platform positioned near the offshore rig so that the crew could carry out the drilling operations uninterrupted.

But later on, several problems emerged that led to these semi-submersible platforms being discarded for customised flotel vessels.

A Comparison between Flotel Platform and Flotel Vessels

  • Efficiency of the flotel semi-submersibles is quite high in the high seas where the weather is unpredictable. In contrast the floating hotel vessels cannot be deployed in areas with such unpredictable weather.
  • In terms of the cost involved in operating the two accommodating avenues, the floating platform requires the operator to invest more monetarily as compared to the floating hotel ships.
  • While considering the stability factor the floating hotels near the oil rigs, the platforms are more advantageous as compared to the vessels, which generally have a single-hulled designing.
  • Similarly, the time involved in mobilising the floating hotel is higher in case of its platform version as compared to the ships’.

Talking about practical examples, a very valid example of utilization of this kind of accommodation at the sea would be that of the flotels’ deployment during the cleaning operations of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005.

Offshore rig forms a very vital component of present-day maritime operations. As such it becomes necessary to ensure safe and secure housing facilities for the crew engaged maritime drilling operations. As a means of boosting the invention of the floating hotels, further developments are being made to improve these floating accommodations.

One such development is that of flotel barges. These barges act as floating hotels and, unlike their predecessors, are equipped with various technological gadgetry helping the crew aboard them to sustain their oceanic positions and maintain a constant connectivity with the operating oil rigs.

 

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Sharda is a freelance writer with a post graduation in journalism and mass communication. Working as a senior writer with Marine Insight, she likes to explore and write about maritime history and incidences of life at the sea. In her free time she likes reading and browsing sports channels.

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  1. I worked on the above ship the Edda fiddes it’s HUGE there’s room for 600 and 400 on deck if required it used to take ages to go from one end to the other it’s 11 floors aswell I think

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