Unions from the UK and Norway have met in Aberdeen to formalise a collaboration to improve helicopter safety across the North Sea.
An offshore union has reissued its call for a public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety.
An Aberdeenshire MP has said a public inquiry into offshore helicopter travel is “not necessary” amid union concerns over safety.
Helicopter safety has been big news in 2018, with passengers, community members, unions and politicians justifiably demanding that safety standards in the North Sea are kept to the highest level.
Safety training firm Falck is working together with Airbus Helicopters to help heighten safety in North Sea helicopter operations.
More strides are being made to make North Sea commuting safer for passengers and pilots alike.
Industry safety group Step Change in Safety has announced CHC Helicopters West North Sea regional director, Mark Abbey, will take to the helm of its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) as its new co-chair. Mr Abbey will join Dave Dickson, vice president of safety and operational risk for BP North Sea, the group’s operator co-chair. He sat down with Energy Voice in an exclusive interview where he spoke about the successes already made and the challenges still faced to ensure confidence in helicopter safety.
The UK Government has rejected a call from MPs for an independent study into North Sea helicopter safety. Louise Ellman, the chairwoman of the transport select committee at Westminster, wrote to ministers last month asking them to order research assessing any safety improvements and on-going issues in the sector. The move followed the publication of the committee’s report into a series of recent helicopter crashes in the North Sea.
A helicopter understood to be carrying 14 people has ditched in the North Sea about 25 miles off Aberdeen.
STATOIL has awarded Bristow Norway a 10-year contract worth some £200million for three helicopters to fly from Flesland heliport, in Bergen, from 2012.