A fourth accommodation barge is due to arrive in Lerwick harbour. Petrofac has hired the Bibby Bergen for a period of four months to support the construction of the Shetland Gas Plant.
The barge is no stranger to Lerwick as it was previously at the port supporting a pipeline project back in 2001.
The Bibby Bergen will be berthed at Mair’s Quay and the smaller Sans Vitesse that is currently there will shift to Victoria Pier south. Petrofac is installing infrastructure to service the barge at Mair’s Quay and this will now be upgraded for the larger barge which has 180 bedrooms.
The accommodation barges are a continuation of Lerwick’s support in building the Shetland Gas Plant. A recent shipment of modules from the middle east is being transferred to the site by sea and the final two shipments of these are due before Christmas.
In addition to the onshore site works, the offshore aspects of the Laggan-Tormore project have provided activity for the port with visits from some of the larger vessels undertaking the construction to the fishing vessels that have been acting on guard duties.
Workers on the Bibby Bergen will be bussed to the site early each morning and return in the evening in the same way as residents on Sans Vitesse and Kalmar are transported.
Employment has been created by the hotel services and security teams onboard the barges engaging local people. Food supplies and transport are also provided locally with a resultant benefit to the local economy.