Shell suspends CHC Norway as operator
Shell has decided to suspend CHC Norway as an operator following the tragic crash of an H225 Super Puma helicopter last week that killed 13 passengers and crew.
The oil company’s decision does not extend to CHC in any other country. The message on Shell’s Web site:
Shell has with sadness followed the reports of the tragic event outside Bergen in Norway. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and colleagues of the victims. We are confident that every measure will be taken to reveal the cause of the accident and to ensure the safety of the people of our industry.
In light of the tragic accident on Friday, A/S Norske Shell wishes to engage with CHC HS in Norway to reaffirm that all operational requirements are met to the defined standards. This process involves Shell’s global air transport assurance provider (Shell Aircraft).
As a precaution, it is decided to temporarily suspend all CHC HS passenger flights for Shell in Norway. Helicopters are available for emergency purposes at all times. We are working to find alternative helicopter service providers to temporarily support our operations in Norway, and continue to work closely with CHC HS to complete the verification process.
Shell continues to use CHC for offshore services globally outside Norway.”