Offshore wind accommodation containers

20 Feb 2017

The first containers have already been built and delivered with a turnaround time of just three months

The first containers have already been built and delivered with a turnaround time of just three months

ELA Container Offshore GmbH has developed a new accommodation container type designed especially for use at offshore windfarms.

The first 24 containers have already been built in Haren, Germany, with a turnaround time of only three
months from project kick-off, including design and development through to delivery to a offshore converter station in the German North Sea.

“We sat together with our customer, DNVGL
and German authorities, who are responsible for the German
“Arbeitsstättenrichtlinien (ASR)”, to create a new generation of container
type”, said Hans Gatzemeier, managing director of ELA Container Offshore GmbH.

“With the new type we offer more
possibilities of accommodating the people working offshore. Depending on
quantity of extra accommodations needed and available space on deck, we can
provide our clients with the best and most cost effective mobile accommodation
solution.”

The 10m x 3m wide, 33ft, high-cube
accommodation container has two cabins and an interior hallway which makes
outdoor gangways obselete. These 2-4 pax containers provide more space per
person, but have a weight that does not exceed 9.5 tonnes.

They have been built in accordance with the
regulations of DNVGL-ST-E273 “Portable Offshore Units”, April 2016 and ST-E272
“2.7-2 Offshore Service Modules” Section 3, February 2016. In addition, the
containers correspond to HSE.

All containers have fire detectors, fire
extinguishers and emergency escape ways. After connection to the fire-fighting system
of the platform as well as the PAGA system, Mr Gatzemeier said that the highest safety standards can be
attained.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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