Offshore workers fed five times a day

Local delicacies like Scotch pies keep the North Sea oilrigs going

(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

An interesting report in the UK newspaper The Times (one of the few not dealing with Dubai’s debt crisis) looked at the life of a chef on a Chevron oilrig, the Captain WPP, in the North Sea.

It seems that workers on the rig like their food and never go hungry due to the five meals a day they enjoy during their two weeks of shifts offshore.

With delicacies such as Scotch pie, full English breakfasts and bread and butter pudding on offer it’s a wonder the workers ever want to leave.

One tasty, and locally sourced, addition to the menu that is not allowed anymore is fish caught by workers from the side of the rig. Although the area around the rigs has a plentiful amount due to it being off limits to trawlers, strict health and safety rules, brought in after the Piper Alpha fire in the 1980's, now restrict fishing.

What is the food like on your rig? Please email in a menu and we’ll publish it on the blog.

Also can anyone tell us where the term tab nabs originates? Please email if you can or just want to offer a daft suggestion.

Oil platform menu

Full English or a choice of cereals and bread

Morning tab nabs
Bacon butties, sausage sandwiches or toasties

Beef broth, roast lamb or vegetable biryani, jam and coconut sponge

Afternoon tab nabs
Chocolate brownies, choc-chip cookies

Chilled fruit, Scotch pie or pan-fried hoki, orange bread and butter pudding

Source: The Times


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