A North offshore training company has reacted to tighter safety regulations for helicopters operating to the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
North Shields-based Maersk Training, part of AP Moller-Maersk Group, is to offer training in use of the OPITO compressed air emergency breathing system.
The introduction of this advanced apparatus – which provides the user with clean air as opposed to the existing re-breather systems – is in line with the recommendations of the Civil Aviation Authority and Oil & Gas UK.
To meet the expected high demand, Maersk is offering training in the use of the system from the middle of this month.
Stuart Cameron, UK managing director of Maersk Training, said: “Everyone operating in the industry welcomes increased safety standards, especially for personnel being transferred by helicopter.
“We are all aware that accidents do happen and Maersk Training is committed to deploying its skills and resources to ensure all personnel obtain the highest levels of safety training. We have no doubt that this new breathing system can only enhance the potential for survival should an accident at sea occur.
“We anticipate that demand for this additional course will be extremely high, especially with the September 1 deadline looming.”
Maersk Training encourages operators to prioritise booking their most operational personnel on the course at earliest convenience, then staggering other personnel on subsequent sessions.
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