Cotemar, S.A. de C.V. provides many varied services all connected to the specific needs of offshore oil fields. They provide maintenance and repair on platforms and the process center as well as semi-submersible platforms. Cotemar’s specialized vessels transport the structures required for new oil development, hauling abrasive materials in bulk such as mud, sand, or barite among others. Cotemar process and transport oil and other liquids taken from the platforms as well as providing fire fighting and spill containment services.
Employees of Cotemar live well out on the water due to the catered food, laundry, and living quarters available to them. Also recreational areas are provided that include movies, gymnasiums, ball courts and television rooms. Worker safety is the number one priority, but Cotemar sees to it their comfort is also well provided for.
Cotemar now utilizes a Wi-Fi-based, radio-frequency identification technology on four of their off-shore housing vessels providing support for PEMEX operations in the Gulf of Mexico. This I.D. system is geared for worker safety but proves its value in billing and employee efficiency gains as well. Everyone, employee or guest that boards the floatel and platform are given a card which is their key for moving around or obtaining services anywhere while on board.
The system provides real-time visibility that wasn’t available before. Now, when a worker is missing, tracking their movements using this technology helps find them without wasting valuable time looking in the wrong area. Some places can be dangerous for untrained personnel, and as another way to keep them safe, the tracking system is able to let employees or guests know Cotemar are in an off-limits section or room by their card/tag setting off an alarm.
Cotemar’s vessels are like small towns, and this way of looking after employees and keeping guests safe has become an invaluable management tool. Billing for services by the worker simply swiping their card makes accounting more efficient, and it also helps to lower operating expenses by preventing so much non-productive time. Workers don’t mind this, because above all, it is there to keep them safe.