How do I travel offshore?
Reaching an offshore installation usually involves flying by helicopter. Helicopters used for offshore travel vary in size and smaller helicopters can be used for inter-platform transfers.
What happens before I travel offshore?
There are strict health and safety procedures in place to travel offshore; you must wear immersion suits and lifejackets at all times and before every flight there will be a safety briefing and detailed video.
Where can I travel from?
For installations in the UK Continental Shelf (also known as the UKCS) the departure point is Aberdeen or Norwich. If you work in an international location then there will be different travel routes, and not all be helicopter.
But what if I don’t live nearby?
Working patterns offshore gives you ‘time off’ allowances which means you can live anywhere the UK and not just in the areas you depart from!
What salary can I expect working offshore?
Salaries within the oil and gas industry vary and will depend on your role and company.
What qualifications do I need to work offshore?
Everybody who works offshore within the UK sector is required to undertake an induction course.You must also complete the Basic Safety Induction & Emergency Training programme (BOSIET) with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS). This will train you in areas such as helicopter escape, personal survival, the use of life crafts, first aid post evacuation, firefighting and how to use breathing apparatus etc.
What are the working hours offshore?
The usual working pattern for people working offshore is to be on call for 12 hours (day or night), but this doesn’t mean that you will be expected to work 12 hours a shift!!
Do I get time off onshore?
It is normal for workers to spend two or three weeks offshore and then two, three or even four weeks back ashore, not working. Outside of the UK, work trips may be longer – perhaps four or even six weeks.
Will I get holidays?
Of course! Like any job, you will get holiday entitlement. However, holiday entitlement is generally included in the time off. You should check at the time you apply as different companies have different regulations.
What is the food like offshore?
Bet you didn't think that there would be chef's in the oil and gas industry?
Each offshore installation has a team of kitchen staff on board to prepare meals for the offshore workforce - and most would agree, it's a very important role!
Are there healthy options available?
Fresh food is regularly delivered to the installation by supply boat or helicopter, so things like fruit and salad are readily available.
Most offshore oil and gas installations have self-service canteen-type catering arrangements, with a wide range of options to choose from.
Where will I sleep offshore?
Accommodation is shared on most offshore oil and gas installations, a bit like the cabin on a large ferry. Each cabin has its own wash hand basin and often a TV.
Shower and toilet facilities are not always en-suite, sometimes they are shared between two cabins.
Are there things to do on my time off?
All offshore installations have leisure and recreation areas. From small movie theatres and pool tables, to air hockey, large screen TVs and video game consoles, so you won’t be bored!
There is also Wi-Fi so you can watch your own shows but living in such close quarters you’ll find you quickly become a close-knit member of the team.
Drugs and Alcohol
What is the smoking, drugs and alcohol policy offshore?
For safety reasons, on some platforms, smoking in designated areas is allowed. You are NOT allowed to take a lighter offshore. Matches are provided in smoking areas.
There is a strict ban on alcohol and non-prescribed drugs on all offshore oil and gas installations. If this is not adhered to and you are caught in possession of any of these substances, your employment will be terminated.
Most companies have a random drug testing policy.
What if I need a doctor offshore?
Before traveling offshore, oil and gas employees must undergo a medical.
Once offshore, all installations have a medic present to look after the general health of staff and deal with any medical emergencies.
How do I keep in touch with home?
There is no mobile phone signal offshore, however platforms have broadband internet and WiFi so you can send and receive emails, Instant Messages, Facetime and Skype.