ESS wins wave of oil rig catering contracts worth £3.5m

Maersk Highlander drilling rig

ESS Support Services Worldwide (ESS) Offshore, part of the Compass Group, has secured three new, three-year contracts which will see it delivering hotel and catering services on the newly constructed drilling rig, Maersk Highlander, as well as two floatels (accommodation vessels).

The combined £3.5m contract for the provision of hotel and catering services, operated from the North Sea, will see ESS Offshore station more than 80 staff across both vessels.

ESS Offshore will be responsible for catering for all personnel in the canteen, mess room and recreational areas as well as the maintenance of the cabins, on-site gymnasium and recreational rooms.

The Maersk Highlander is currently operating in the UK sector of the North Sea. Built this year in Singapore, the unit has a capacity to hold 150 personnel, which will include 18 ESS Offshore staff.

The Safe Boreas vessel, newly built in Singapore and named after the Greek god of the north wind, has a capacity to accommodate 450 persons in single man cabins while the COSL Rival floatel has a maximum capacity to accommodate 400 persons in the UK in addition to containing a cinema, gymnasium and internet café at both sites.

The floatels – the Safe Boreas and COSL Rival vessels – are used predominantly in the industry to provide support related to the maintenance and modification of installations on fields already in production, or the hook-up and commissioning of new fields, while also operating gangway connections to the installation they support.

Graham Singer, ESS food operation manager, commented: “We are very excited to be taking care of both catering and hotel services on the Maersk Highlander drilling rig, as well as the accommodation vessels. There are always challenges to overcome on such large vessels, however, we relish the opportunity.

“The strenuous work undertaken by offshore workers ensures our food offer has to be extremely nutritious while also being of good quality and taste. We are able to keep producing this high standard of service as a result of the hard work and experience of the ESS offshore teams.”

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