How Offshore Oil Rig Living Quarters Have Changed in the 21st Century
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Offshore oil rig living quarters must meet many demanding requirements.
The History of Offshore Oil Rigs
The offshore oil rig industry first began in 1887, but it did not begin to operate as it does today until 1947 when Kerr-McGee first built platforms far enough into the ocean that land could not be seen. As the industry continued to grow over the next couple of decades, it became necessary for employees to begin living on or near the oil rig for extended periods of time. If someone was going to work 12 hours shifts for seven days in a row, it did not make any sense for them to be transported back and forth to the mainland on a daily basis. By 1962, the industry's first dynamically positioned ship was put in place by the Shell Oil Company, and it was a leader of shallow water operations for several decades. In 1996, Royal Dutch Shell installed two deep water oil rigs, and one of them can even be seen from space due to its enormous size. Since that time, offshore oil rigs have continued to expand, together with comfortable offshore oil rig living quarters, and they are a major contributor to the worldwide petroleum industry.
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