Crew and Offshore Travel – How it differs from travelling for business

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When someone says they are travelling on business we imagine an Executive smartly dressed to attend meetings in a far-flung city destinations around the world. The reality is very different and it’s often not the glamorous world it can be perceived to be.

Since 90% of the world’s goods and resources are transported by ships, there is a global army of 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.

Getting crews onto ships and technicians, engineers, and support crew to rigs (that could be anywhere around the world) on time, safely and on budget, can be a challenge but if it goes wrong it can be costly.

Within the Marine and Energy Travel sector, the coordination of travelling employees is essential and vital in preventing fatigue and protecting their health, safety, and well-being. These crew changes ensure the safe operation of maritime trade and are essential to comply with international regulations. For Ship Owners and Energy Companies, mobilising a vessel or rig costs thousands of pounds per day, therefore, ensuring crew are in place, on time, anywhere around the world is paramount. A delay could cost thousands and HR and Crew Managers need the support of a specialist to ensure things run as smoothly as possible. Often employees travelling can be located globally so timing their arrival correctly ensures costs are managed unnecessary Hotel and ground arrangements are not utilised and they can get to their place of work as quickly as possible.

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 the 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.

If you are managing employees who travel in the offshore sector and are ‘going it alone’ then consider employing a specialist and give yourselves the best chance of streamlining the support you provide and managing any exposure to unexpected costs.