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- n. a ship converted to a permanently moored hotel.
- n. living quarters built on a floating platform, such as near an offshore oil rig.
This barge is a floating hotel, or "flotel," set up by BP and several subcontractors to accommodate more than 500 workers hired to clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Former ADN reporter Charles Wohlforth recounts his surprise at coming upon a luxuriant "flotel" for pipeline workers in a remote stretch of wild Prince William Sound.
At Port Fourchon, the oil industry's hub on the Gulf, a flotel there is the only way to station workers in a massive shipyard surrounded by ecologically sensitive marshes and beaches.
On Monday afternoon, the living quarters on the flotel sat empty.
Another flotel sits about 15 miles away, off Grand Isle, and BP plans to establish them elsewhere along the coast.
The flotel could be moved if significant amounts of oil wash up at another location.
Louisiana might prefer a long drive home each to staying on the flotel.