A review has been carried out of the approach adopted and
experiences in the Norwegian sector for operating offshore based
search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. Following this review an
assessment has been made of any significant differences between
current Norwegian continental shelf operations and the
recommendations made in the proposals for using onshore and
offshore based rescue and recovery (OBRR) helicopters on the United
Kingdom continental shelf (UKCS) published by the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) as OTO 2001 039. Sets out responses from
representatives of Norwegian offshore regulators, installation
operators and the helicopter operators, who provide offshore SAR
cover in Norway. It was found that to a large extent the proposal
made for UK OBRR helicopter operations are similar in many respects
to current and proposed offshore based offshore SAR activities in
Norway. Where there are variations these are found in the detail
rather than as fundamental departures from expected norms.
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