During a protracted period when the global oil and gas industry is rigorously seeking cost efficiencies, what are we doing to assure that UKCS offshore helicopter operations remain safe?
Following fatal and non-fatal accidents in recent years, oil and gas companies, regulators, helicopter operators and manufacturers have collectively worked hard to improve helicopter flight safety and rebuild workforce confidence in UK offshore helicopter operations. The tragic helicopter crash in Norway in April also brought safety into sharp focus. So, where do we stand today? Faced with reductions in offshore drilling and production operations and a contracting workforce, the number of offshore helicopter flights has also significantly reduced. This situation impacts the offshore helicopter businesses so, what innovations and safeguards are being brought forward to maintain flight safety and protect current and future offshore helicopter operations?