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Aviation watchdog issues terms of Super Puma North Sea homecoming

UK aviation watchdogs have issued the terms and conditions of the possible North Sea homecoming for controversial offshore helicopters. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a fresh safety and operational directive this morning. It contains mandatory actions that must be undertaken before the Super Puma EC225s and AS332L2s can be returned to active service. The […]

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July 20, 2017, 10:50 am | Author: Alan Shields

In pictures: Mothballed Super Pumas await their fate

Pictures of the mothballed controversial Super Puma helicopters have emerged online. The photos show what is understood to be a number of EC225s in plastic wrap in a hangar at Aberdeen heliport. At least one of the EC225s has the tail sign G-ZZSC, a Bristow 225. EC225s have been banned from flying in the UK […]

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July 20, 2017, 10:07 am | Author: Alan Shields

Update: Gulfmark denies underpaying crew of ship chartered by Shell

Vessel owner Gulfmark has dismissed accusations that it is underpaying seafarers on a ship contracted to Shell in the North Sea. The RMT trade union said Gulfmark was paying Filipino workers as little as £2.60 per hour on the North Promise vessel, adding that it had lodged a formal complaint against the company. RMT said poor […]

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July 20, 2017, 10:05 am | Author: Mark Lammey

Major North Sea flight delays due to bad weather

North Sea helicopter flights are being delayed due to the bad weather in the north-east. Heavy rain as well as thunder and lightning have struck the Aberdeen area this morning, causing a number of offshore helicopter transfers to be delayed. Operators Bristow, Babcock and CHC have all been affected. CHC’s 7am Shell flight returned to […]

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July 20, 2017, 9:52 am | Author: Alan Shields

Renewed appetite for competition in North Sea auctions ‘great to see’

An industry expert has said renewed enthusiasm for competing in licensing rounds is “great to see” ahead of crucial, upcoming North Sea auctions. Paul de Leeuw, director of the Oil and Gas Institute at Robert Gordon University, said it was encouraging that so many licences had been snapped up during the 2016 offshore supplementary round. […]

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July 20, 2017, 6:40 am | Author: David McPhee

Canyon to carry out trenching for UK, Norway interconnector

Aberdeen firm Canyon Offshore will carry out trenching work on the North Sea Link Interconnector project. The subsea system linking the UK and Norway will be the world’s longest subsea interconnector. It will be installed between Blyth in England and Kvilldal in Norway at a cost of 1.5billion to 2billion euros. Canyon will trench about […]

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July 20, 2017, 6:12 am | Author: Mark Lammey

Aker BP given blessing to drill North Sea well

Norway’s offshore safety watchdog has given Aker BP its blessing to drill an exploration well on the Nordfjellet prospect in the North Sea. The Maersk Interceptor jack-up rig will drill the well starting next month at the earliest. It was built by Keppel in Singapore and is operated by Maersk Drilling Norge. Aker BP was […]

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July 19, 2017, 9:05 am | Author: Reporter

IOG hands in Blythe field development plan, sending shares skyward

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has submitted the field development plan (FDP) for the Blythe Hub in the North Sea. The Blythe Hub is made up of the Blythe and Elgood gas fields in the southern North Sea. London-listed IOG wholly owns and operates both fields, which are in close proximity to other licences held […]

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July 19, 2017, 6:45 am | Author: Mark Lammey

North Sea goodbye for Super Pumas as Bristow returns two to leasing group

A North Sea helicopter operator is preparing to send controversial offshore choppers back to the leasing company. Super Puma EC225s have been banned from flying in the UK since a fatal crash off Norway last year, that killed 13 people including Iain Stuart from Laurencekirk. But in a move that caught industry by surprise, aviation […]

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July 19, 2017, 6:35 am | Author: Alan Shields

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