Offshore Drilling Rigs in Canada

At one time working on an offshore drilling rig was a horrendous job but one that still came with many rewards. The work was grueling for workers. Much of their time was spent on having to move a large amount of huge machinery around which would create unpleasant working conditions. It was not uncommon for workers to spend many hours in oil-soaked clothing.

Offshore Drilling for Today

The offshore work environment has changed dramatically in today’s world. This is thanks in part to the technology that has been designed for this industry. Much of the work has become automated. This has created a new set of skills for many that want to enter into this type of work. At the same time, the offshore rig environment still has many similarities to what it was like since it first came into existence.

Job Environment

The first big difference from land rigs is the mode of transportation. It means instead of traveling by land, it usually requires a helicopter to get the crew to the rigs. On average the shifts run for twelve hours. Once the shift ends there is no heading off to the local restaurant for a meal. These and other needs are met by a catering crew that has been put in place by the offshore rigging company.

Living Environment

In the old days there wasn’t much for one to do on a offshore rig once the shift ended. Most would turn into bed early. Not necessarily because they were tired, but because there wasn’t much else to do. Although some would read, and others would play cards. In today’s offshore rigging environment there many different forms of entertainment. Some even have a fitness room built into the platform.

A classic example of an impressive offshore platform is Hibernia. It is the largest platform in North America for oil production.