New North Sea Search and Rescue Team
Posted on: 30/03/2015

Oil and Gas Operators in the North Sea have announced that they will be running a new search and rescue helicopter (operated by Bond Offshore Helicopters) service to assist those working offshore.

Industry body Oil and Gas UK will also be supplementing the new UK-wide search and rescue service, which will officially begin running next month as planned by the Department for Transport.

This new service has been established in order to replace the current Jigsaw search and rescue helicopter service which will end soon due to the BP Miller platform, from where it operates, being decommissioned.

Malcom Webb, chief executive of Oil and Gas UK, said: “Jigsaw has been an excellent service that has benefited many in the Central North Sea over the years.

“However the removal of the Miller platform means that service was not sustainable.

“This industry-funded search and rescue helicopter service will maintain the rescue and recovery capability we demand for our offshore workforce.”

Steve Griffiths, current managing director of Bond Offshore Helicopters, added: “Our search and rescue teams have been providing a life-saving service with specialist helicopters for almost a decade.

“Today’s announcement ensures the men and women working offshore in the Central North Sea will continue to receive world-class search and rescue support.”

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