Offshore Construction in Shipping Industry, Benefits & Beyond
Offshore construction opens new horizons for the shipping industry. It covers an array of facilities built away from the shore and makes the production of many valuable resources possible. It is with these structures that the production of oil, gas and electricity becomes a reality. Even the transmission of these resources onshore is a part of the complete process. There are different types of offshore structures that cater to various needs. Let’s give you an insight into these varying structures, their benefits and areas that are concern worthy.
Offshore Structures: There are commonly three types of offshore structures, including oil and gas platforms, subsea pipelines, and wind farms. Among these, the oil and gas platforms are the most common with floating and fixed structures. The floating structures are usually close to the surface while the fixed ones are extended underneath the ocean. These facilities come with corrosion protection. The subsea pipelines facilitate the transportation of oil and gas. A part of geotechnical engineering is the wind farms that have been playing a significant role in producing electric power.
Each of these offshore structures makes a significant contribution and enumerated below are the macro-level advantages of offshore construction in the marine industry.
- Improved Efficiency: These offshore structures are proving more productive and efficient than their onshore counterparts. The reduced transmission pipeline for gas reduces transportation and construction cost. Likewise, the wind farms are producing a far higher amount of electricity as against the onshore facilities.
- SME Level Job Market: The offshore construction work is challenging and needs professionals who are subject matter experts who can take responsibility to deliver effectively. So, the offshore construction vertical opens newer, more challenging, and prestigious job openings.
- Geographical Advantage: With offshore construction, the geographical positioning of the structure can work to your advantage. You always have the option of installing the facility near the client location bringing down the financial cost and enabling in optimum utilisation of energy.
- The offshore construction process is also environment friendly. While it reduces human interference on the ecosystem, the precise impact on marine life is still open to discussion. Adhering to environment safety norms and catering to multiple offshore construction projects in the Middle East and Indian sub-continent is Alphard Maritime. Some of the projects that the team has successfully delivered include LNG Terminal – Bahrain, LNG Terminal – Kuwait, JSW Project – India, The Heart of Europe – UAE, Resort Development – Maldives and many more. The other prestigious projects include L&T Chhatrapati Shivaji Project, India and CHHARA LNG Terminal Development – India. For marine assets, construction materials and participation in offshore construction projects consider the Alphard Maritime team. Connect here and get started!