The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)
‘Good and bad examples’ across the industry
It is understood that Chrysaor, the UK’s largest offshore oil and gas producer, also has a number of single-occupancy cabins for those needing to self-isolate.
Shell said it has “taken measures to implement social distancing offshore, including in social areas, cabins and at work”.
Last week Ithaca Energy confirmed plans to reduce manning levels on its Alba and Captain fields to allow single-occupancy cabins and prevent the virus’ spread, but this may lead to the loss of nearly 50 jobs at oilfield services firm Archer, which was on contract there.
RMT regional organiser Jake Molloy said there are “good and bad examples” with some operators moving away from the 2+1 cabin model, and others not.
He added: There are lots of issues about social distancing in that environment and you’ve got to find a balance.
“The helicopter isn’t two metres wide so, realistically, it’s impossible to achieve government standards but what you must do, in the event you can’t, is obviously mitigate the risks.
“We’re not criticising anybody at this stage, we’re just saying we really need to get a grip of it and manage it more effectively to deal with the understandable concerns.”