Offshore Industry: North Sea

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) commercial helicopters, (b) helicopter crew and (c) flights were involved in the evacuation of all workers from the Thistle oil platform to the Dunlin Alpha platform in the North Sea on 21 October 2019.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Government Whip

No commercial helicopters were involved in the evacuation of workers from the Thistle oil platform to Dunlin Alpha platform on 21 October 2019. The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh and two Norwegian rescue helicopters were tasked to evacuate all workers.

Each helicopter undertook the evacuation with one duty crew. The HM Coastguard aircraft operates with a crew of four, the Norwegian aircraft operate with a crew of five.

The total number of flights involved in the evacuation was seven, four undertaken by one Norwegian helicopter and three by HM Coastguard. The second Norwegian helicopter required fuel before assisting and was then stood down as the evacuation was complete.

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