Due to the exceptional circumstances with a number of Aberdeen-based helicopters still suspended and impacting on the logistics of getting people on and offshore, transferring workers by other means – such as frog and walk-to-work – remains an option when helicopters are unavailable.
The new group, co-chaired by Bibby Offshore’s David Forsyth and BP’s Colin Gay, will initially look at pulling together existing guidance and information. This will arm companies with the facts to help them safely plan transfers and will help the workforce better understand what is involved should they agree to be transferred this way.
Marine transfer is commonplace in many parts of the world. Many of the global companies which carry this out elsewhere in the world are also based in Aberdeen – therefore there is an existing base of expertise and knowledge, despite the practise being less common in the UKCS.
The group, which will run until the helicopter situation is resolved, is looking for involvement from elected safety representatives. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Step Change in Safety at email@example.com or phone 01224 577268.