For many it is a means to an end, a long-distance commute to work, using various forms of transport, and in any commute, it can be changeable and nearly always last minute! Even more so when the commute involves the departure or arrival of a ship in port or having to get to an offshore location that could be subject to all sorts of weather conditions.
Since 90% of the world’s goods and resources are transported by ships, there is a global army of ship’s crew and offshore workers who play a vital role in the world economy by spending lengthy periods of time at sea for us to benefit from all the modern-day commodities we rely upon. Equally, in the energy sector, the maintenance and management of our energy infrastructure requires the skills and time of a workforce that ensures our services continue uninterrupted.
During Lockdown, nearly all forms of travelling ground to a halt, even commuting, as millions of people started to work from home where they could. However, for many working in the marine and offshore sector it remained business as usual…….at least when it was possible! Health and Travel restrictions meant some employees working in the industry have had, and continue to have, shifts lasting months not weeks. But there is a bit of light as lockdown’s ease in certain areas of the world and brings with it some opportunity for crew changes and commutes home or to work.
For Ship Owners and Energy Companies, mobilising a vessel or rig cost thousands of pounds per day. Therefore, ensuring crew are in place, on time, anywhere around the world is paramount. It is a challenging business for the substantial number of operators and supply chain contractors ensuring the smooth and seamless movement of people all year round.
Managing travel requirements for this sector requires expertise, passion and knowledgeable teams who understand the importance of mission-critical travel.
Here are just a few of the challenges our clients face daily:
#1 Crew Changes
Coordinating crew who reside all over the globe to board a vessel on a specified day and time is no mean feat. A Marine Travel specialist has the knowledge and systems to provide clients with the most logical and cost-effective options. Forward planning is key, knowing what day of the week client’s crew changes take place and forewarning them of any potential disruptions in advance, is just one key benefit of working with a Marine Travel specialist.
#2 Flight Availability
In this fast-paced sector, changes to plans are the only constant! So, it is the norm for a client to instruct mobilisation of personnel with a limited time frame. This is where expertise and knowledge on routes and fares is key ensuring crew arrive in place on time. Our experts are adept at securing last- seat availability combined with the ability to “hold off” seats whilst waiting on a client’s go-ahead to confirm the booking. In addition to air travel, sourcing accommodation and ground transportation globally together with providing advice on visas and vaccinations all form part of a seamless service.
#3 Weather Disruptions
As the latest news reports have shown, tropical storms and hurricanes can cause utter havoc around the world, causing airports to ground aeroplanes and vessels to change course. It is paramount for a travel management company to offer a 24-hour service to efficiently re-book crew to a new destination or confirm emergency accommodation.
#4 Cost of Travel
Keeping the cost of crew travel within budget is paramount for the Marine sector. A Marine Travel specialist will have access to a global database of Marine and Offshore fares, which offer complete flexibility and an increased baggage allowance, ideal for crew who are offshore for lengthy periods of time. A good business travel agent will also source all viable options from a wide range of sources including low-cost carriers enabling clients to make an informed choice.
For further information on Good Travel Management’s marine and energy travel services, feel free to download our Marine and Energy Travel Toolkit and get in touch:
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