Offshore production assets such as oil and gas platforms, wind turbines or Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessels (FPSO) need to be regularly maintained to ensure they keep running in tip top condition.

Just as your home needs to be painted every 3-7 years to protect woodwork and keep it safe from weather damage, offshore production assets need to be checked annually and preventative maintenance carried out to avoid costly breakdowns.

In areas like the North Sea where the assets are ageing this is particularly important. Regular maintenance of the fabric and infrastructure of production assets assures integrity and extends operating life.

As well as saving time and money by preventing reactive equipment repairs and failures, regular maintenance goes hand-in-hand with safety.

Fabric maintenance tends to take place during the spring and summer because the weather is calmer and accessibility easier. In the warmer months it is far easier and quicker to reach offshore assets, minimising the amount of time regular, routine maintenance teams need to spend on site.

As you can imagine fabric maintenance tasks include activities such as inspection, surveys, coatings and surface preparation and removing and replacing insulation and passive fire protection systems.

There are many speciality offshore fabric maintenance companies out there. Most tend to recruit additional personnel during fabric maintenance season to deliver the additional work taking place during this time so if you’re looking for work March / April time is best.

To help anyone looking to get into fabric maintenance, we’ve created a special training package available at a discounted price to ensure you have the right skills on your CV. View our offshore maintenance package >>