Apache North Sea has partnered with Aberdeen manufacturer Glencraft to provide its Beryl and Forties platforms with new luxury mattresses.
Following an order for over 1,000 mattresses for the company’s assets, Glencraft – a social enterprise and Royal Warrant holder – developed a new design, specifically created to provide quality and comfort, whilst meeting the stringent fire safety standards required for offshore working.
Believed to be the first design of its kind in the country, the hand-finished Merida Crib 7 meets BS 7177: 2008 standards and is constructed from all-natural materials sourced in the UK. The Merida 7 is aimed at improving both the mental and physical wellbeing of offshore workers by providing quality mattresses for a quality sleep – all while reducing the impact and risks of fatigue.
“Apache’s work with Glencraft is an example of the value which can be generated by an integrated supply chain management team,” noted Apache Contracts & Purchasing Manager, Paul Keith. “The process has been a journey for both Apache and Glencraft. We took the time to learn about the science behind a quality mattress, whilst sharing our knowledge on the safety, strength and durability required for the offshore environment. We also considered the environmental impact and costs associated with future disposal and change out of the mattresses, to ensure we picked the right product for the needs of our business.”
Glencraft managing director Graham McWilliam added: “I’m genuinely excited about the introduction of this offshore luxury mattress to our range. It will undoubtedly make a difference to the experience of the offshore workforce whilst on the platform. The feedback from offshore has been tremendous and the team here at Glencraft look forward to our continued partnership with Apache.”
The new models are already being used on the Forties Alpha and Delta platforms, and will be replaced on a phased approach across the remaining platforms over the next 12 months.