Bristow honored for North Sea airlift operation

Offshore staff

LOUISVILLE, KentuckySikorsky has recognized Bristow Helicopters for its role in safely evacuating hundreds of personnel from two Norwegian fields at the end of last year.

Sikorsky president Dan Schulz acknowledged the exercise in a ceremony at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show.

Bristow crews, supported by engineers, technicians and operations staff, flew nine Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to airlift 400 offshore workers from six platforms on the Eldfisk and Valhall fields in the southern Norwegian North Sea in extreme weather conditions.

This was a precautionary measure after a tow line transporting a 360-ft (110-m) long cargo barge broke in stormy weather and high seas, causing the vessel to drift toward the installations.

Bristow’s mission was to evacuate the offshore personnel away from the threatened platforms to other installations outside the danger area and to a safe onshore location as quickly as possible then take them back to their worksites after the situation had eased.

This process involved 40 flights over three days.


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