During 2014, Karsten from Caverion in Denmark lived most of the year in intervals of two weeks on a production facility platform in the North Sea, and then three weeks at home with the family.
In 2015 the trips has been fewer, and even though Karsten Poder Sørensen appreciates his job and the life onboard a production platform, he does enjoy spending more time with his girlfriend and her two sons.
“I am very good at adapting, so it’s easy for me to change my routines back and forth from being offshore and at home with the family,” Karsten says. A normal workday for Karsten includes tasks like debugging and maintenance of the transformers, and high voltage boards. Normally, the 30-year old works with either high- or medium voltage.
“A big part of the job offshore is preparation for the different tasks, as safety and planning are the most important factors when working on a platform. My tasks mainly take place in the boards or the transformer, where we perform ongoing maintenance with a time interval of 3-4 years,” Karsten explains.
100 work hours per week
During the week, there are several highlights the offshore workers can enjoy on the platform.
Wednesday evenings there is freshly baked bread and hot chocolate, and Saturday
evenings they eat sausages. “Yes, that is something we look forward to,” says Karsten, with a smile. At the platform he normally works around a hundred hours per week, leaving very little spare time. Still, he finds the time for spinning at the gym a couple of times per week, in addition to watching TV with his colleagues, or playing pool or table tennis.
“One day, back when I had just started working here, I was standing at the
production platform thinking to myself: ‘What am I doing here?’ We usually joke
about being like a captive in prison, but now I really enjoy this way of working,”