Beware of SCAM: Offshore People Ltd Exploit Recession Hit Oil Workers

SCAM: Offshore People Ltd Exploit Recession Hit Oil Workers

Published in Oil Industry News on Monday, 24 July 2017

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Oil and Gas People ran an article last week raising suspicions about the actions of a company called Offshore People Ltd and asked for anyone who had dealings with the organisation to come forward.

After several of our readers contacted us with details of how they were duped out of money, we can confirm that Offshore People Ltd are running what is referred to as an ‘advanced fee fraud’ and is targeting entry-level oil workers to do so.

The organisation used several well known job sites to lure in their victims, advertising entry-level positions such as Roughnecks, Roustabouts and Floorhands to people without any previous oil and gas experience.

At present the low oil price has cost a third of the oil and gas industry their jobs and entry level positions are usually filled with hundreds of applicants from experienced workers. Oil and Gas People have contacted both Indeed and Reed who have now removed the organisations listings from their websites while they perform an investigation.

 

Offshore People Ltd is directed by a Nicholas Rothe and their registered address is listed as 40 Bloomsbury Way, Lower Ground Floor, London WC1A 2SE, according to Companies House.

Several complainers have informed Oil and Gas People that they had been convinced by the organisation to pay £495 for an offshore medical, with one complainer explaining how he was told his current medical was insufficient and he still needed to pay as this was an ‘advanced’ medical. However upon receiving his certificate, it became clear that the medical was the exact same as the one he had previously completed.

The complainer stated: “Not wanting to rock the boat about this, I let the matter go.  Days went passed and I heard nothing.  Weeks went passed and still nothing. At time of writing this email to you I have not heard another word from Nick and it has now been months.”

Other complainers were asked to pay over £1,800.00 for their Medical, BOSIET and Mist certificates, which are currently available through most providers for a cost of around £825.00.

The organisation uses a promise of work to lure people in, asking for information such as coverall sizes and shoe sizes to make you believe that work commencement is dependant on certificate completion, however once you have paid and completed the courses, a variety of stall tactics are used to keep you thinking you will mobilise shortly, before communication goes dark.

Oil and Gas People confronted Nicholas Rothe who made no effort to deny the scam, refused to comment and wished us a ‘good day’.

Oil and Gas People have filed a report with Action Fraud who have asked all complainers to contact them directly. If you have been a victim of Offshore People Ltd, please contact Action Fraud as follows:

Phone: 0300 123 2040
Online Report: Click here
Live Chat: Click here

If you have any further information about the organisation or would like to make us aware of your story, please feel free to contact our news desk in confidence at: news@oilandgaspeople.com

Civil Aviation Authority SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL DIRECTIVE Number: SD–2017/001 Issued: 20 July 2017 Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Limitations of Operations due to a Fatal Accident in Norway on 29 April 2016 and Return to Service Requirements

 

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Civil Aviation Authority
SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL
DIRECTIVE

Number: SD–2017/001
Issued: 20 July 2017
Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2
Limitations of Operations due to a Fatal Accident in Norway
on 29 April 2016 and Return to Service Requirements

 
This Safety and Operational Directive contains mandatory action that is required to restore an
acceptable level of safety. It is issued in accordance with articles 17(1) and 248 of the Air
Navigation Order 2016.
Applicability:
Aerodromes: Not primarily affected
Air Traffic: Not primarily affected
Airspace: Not primarily affected
Airworthiness: All Continued Airworthiness Management and Maintenance Organisations
Flight Operations: All Operators and Pilots of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2
Helicopters
Licensed Personnel: All Pilots of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Helicopters
1 Introduction
1.1 This Safety and Operational Directive contains mandatory action that is required to establish
an acceptable level of safety. It is issued under articles 17(1) and 248 of the Air Navigation
Order 2016 and subject to, and in accordance with, Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008, Article
14.1.
1.2 Applicable recipients must ensure that this Directive is copied to all members of their staff who
need to take appropriate action or who may have an interest in the information, including any
“in-house” or contracted maintenance organisation and relevant outside contractors.
1.3 This Safety and Operational Directive supersedes and revokes SD-2016/003 and contains
measures to enable the affected helicopters to return to service subject to certain conditions
specified in Section 2.
Civil Aviation Authority Safety Directive SD-2017/001
2 Compliance/Action to be Taken
2.1 The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in exercise of its powers under article 17(1) and 248 of the Air Navigation Order 2016, and subject to, and in accordance with, Regulation (EC) No.
216/2008, Article 14.1, directs operators of any Airbus Helicopters EC225LP helicopter or
AS332L2 helicopter which is:
a) registered in the United Kingdom; or
b) flying in the United Kingdom or in the neighbourhood of an offshore location,
to comply with the requirements set out in paragraph 2.2.
2.2 Operators and pilots must not conduct any flight with an Airbus Helicopters EC225LP
helicopter or AS332L2 helicopter, unless:
a) the helicopter is in compliance with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Airworthiness Directive (AD) Number 2017-0111 dated 23 June 2017 (as amended);
and
b) an EASA approved Full Flow Magnetic Plug (FFMP) device, to support the inspection
of the Main Gearbox (MGB) oil system particle detection, is installed.
2.3 Operators who have been affected by SD 2016/003, in addition to compliance with paragraph
2.2, should ensure that they establish and implement a comprehensive Return to Service
plan. This plan should include the provision of a return to service safety case, including
revisions to the applicable rotorcraft maintenance programmes and cover both maintainer and
flight crew training requirements. This information should be produced in accordance with the
operator’s management system procedures and, for Commercial Air Transport (CAT)
operators, be agreed with the relevant Competent Authority.
2.4 In this Directive, ‘Offshore location’ means a facility intended to be used for helicopter
operations on either:
a) an offshore installation or a renewable energy installation, as defined in paragraph 6(5)
and (9) of Schedule 13 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (as amended by the Energy Act
2004); or
b) floating structures or vessels; and
c) ‘in the neighbourhood’ of an installation includes anywhere within 500 metres of that
installation1
.
3 Reason
3.1 This Safety and Operational Directive is made in the interest of assuring safe operations
following a fatal accident in Norway with an Airbus Helicopters EC225LP on 29 April 2016. It
contains requirements that when implemented permit a controlled return to operations.
3.2 As a result of the preliminary report from Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) issued
on the 1 June 2016, with an urgent safety recommendation addressed to the EASA, and
contact between the UK CAA and Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA-N) on 1 June 2016,

it was agreed by both National Aviation Authorities to extend the scope of their Airbus
Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Safety Directives to all operations, including Search and Rescue operations.
1
Paragraph 6(8) of Schedule 13 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (as amended by the Energy Act 2004).
Civil Aviation Authority Safety Directive SD-2017/001

3.3 The AIBN continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and will report
fully in due course. However, following extensive investigations and liaison with all parties,
Airbus Helicopters have issued several revised Alert Service Bulletins and these have been
reflected in the latest EASA AD (2017-0111). This incorporates requirements for the
replacement of certain gears, improved particle detection, revised gearbox monitoring and
overhaul procedures, and the fitment of new chip detectors on the EC225LP. As a result of the close collaboration between regulators and the manufacturer, the CAA and the CAA-N
have now determined that with this latest level of airworthiness oversight and with careful
return to service plans, operations with the EC225LP and AS332L2 may recommence.
3.4 The embodiment of the Full Flow Magnetic Plug (FFMP) device modification provides for the
collection of particles in the main gearbox oil system upstream of the oil cooler. This
modification enables the check of the MGB oil filter and oil cooler to be cancelled thereby
reducing maintenance and human factor risks associated with repetitive inspections and
dismantling of sections of the transmission areas.
3.5 In parallel with this activity, the CAA and CAA-N will continue to support and work closely with
Accident Investigators, EASA and Airbus Helicopters to attempt to establish the root cause of
the accident and to identify new methods/techniques to further improve impending failure
detection capability and minimise maintenance burden.
4 Queries
4.1 Any queries or requests for further guidance from AOC holders as a result of this
communication should be addressed to the assigned Flight Operations Inspector in the first instance.
4.2 Otherwise, queries should be addressed to Flight Operations Policy at the following e-mail  address: ISPTechnicalSupportTeam@caa.co.uk.
5 Revocation and Commencement
5.1 Safety and Operational Directive SD-2016/003 dated 2 June 2016 is revoked from 20 July
2017 at 12:00 hours UTC2
.
5.2 This Directive comes into force on 20 July 2017 at 12:00 hours UTC and will remain in force until revoked by the CAA.
2
UTC: Co-ordinated Universal Time.

 

Thatcher skipped Piper Alpha memorial to attend lunch

Thatcher skipped Piper Alpha memorial to attend lunch

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The Prime Minister instead sent the Scottish and energy secretaries to the service.

Thatcher: PM skipped memorial in Aberdeen.
Thatcher: PM skipped memorial in Aberdeen. PA

Margaret Thatcher skipped a memorial service for victims of the Piper Alpha disaster so she could meet a top Conservative fundraiser.

The Prime Minister was invited to the event at a church in Aberdeen five days after the tragedy on July 6, 1988, which claimed the lives of 167 men.

After being told it would mean cancelling a series of meetings, she sent Scottish secretary Malcolm Rifkind and energy secretary Cecil Parkinson.

Instead the Prime Minister held a lunch with industrialists in London and met Tory fundraiser Lord McAlpine.

She also attended an event at Westminster marking the 300th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution.

Thatcher’s decision was revealed in newly declassified documents held by the National Archive.

Diary secretary Tessa Gaisman wrote to the Prime Minister on July 11, 1988, telling her that if she wanted to travel to Aberdeen “time would be tight”.

“You could do it if you left the house at 11.40am… and went by helicopter from Wellington Barracks to Northholt and then flew up to Dyce,” she said.

But she added: “This would mean moving your afternoon engagements and cancelling or postponing the lunch for industrialists.”

In a eleven-word response, Thatcher wrote back: “I thank the lord chancellor if he would kindly represent me.”

The Prime Minister had travelled to Aberdeen on July 8 to meet victims and hold a meeting with Piper Alpha operator Occidental Petroleum.

She flew to Scotland alongside the Scottish secretary and was urged by her private secretary, Dominic Morris, to use the flight to lobby Rifkind on “outstanding policy issues”.

The newly-released documents also include a letter from energy advisor Greg Bourne, where he warns the Prime Minister: “Trade unions will try to make political capital out of this catastrophe.

“Their frustration is more from not being able to make much headway in recruiting members offshore, rather than real concern over safety standards.”

An inquiry held in the wake of Piper Alpha led to more than 100 improvements to safety in the North Sea. It remains the worst offshore disaster in history.

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Unite Back Home Safe 2017 petition calls for vote of ‘no-confidence’ in Super Puma airframe

Survey calls for vote of ‘no-confidence’ in Super Puma airframe

Written by  – 21/07/2017 10:13 am source Energy Voice

 

 

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Unite the union’s Back Home Safe 2017 campaign logo

A survey has been launched to block the return of controversial offshore helicopters to the North Sea.

A website, purported to be associated with Unite the union, is hosting the questionnaire entitled ‘Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS’.

The two models of Super Puma helicopters have been banned from flying in the North Sea until recently as an investigation into a fatal crash off Norway continues.

The Civil Aviation Authority made moves to lift the flight ban earlier this month despite there being no root cause of the tragedy off the Norwegian island of Turoy identified.

However the survey claims that there is “no public confidence” in the Airbus aircraft and calls for stakeholders to back the “permanent cessation” of Super Puma operations in the region.

A statement on the website said: “Unite members have a vital role in making this campaign a success. Together we need to show that workers will not accept a return ‘business as usual’ and will express a vote of no – confidence in the Airbus Superpuma 225s airframes.

“Unite members have told us, their Health & Safety is paramount in the offshore sector. We are asking our members and all offshore workers and their families and the general public to visibly support this campaign and future health and safety campaigns in the industry.

“To win, you will need to show publicly your support and you will need to build the campaign through speaking to your colleagues, gaining their support and asking them to play an active role.

“Thirty thousand workers are employed in the UK Oil & Gas Industry; thirty thousand voices united will not be ignored.”

Unite the union has been contacted for comment.

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EASA orders checks on North Sea chopper amid explosion fears

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EASA orders checks on North Sea chopper amid explosion fears

Written by  – 18/07/2017 11:13 am Source Energy Voice

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An aviation watchdog has ordered modifications to be made to North Sea helicopters amid fears they could explode.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has ordered the checks on the AW189 models of aircraft.

It comes after a review of the underbelly fuel tank found that a lightning strike could create an ignition source in the fuel tank vapour space.

According to EASA, this flaw could result in a “fuel tank fire or explosion”.

As of July 2017, there are three AW189s operating on the UK continental shelf, according to Oil and Gas UK.

The EASA Airworthiness Directive states that the safety issues relates to the electrical bonding installed on the fuel sump plate.

The report states: “The underbelly tank fuel sumps and the fuiel sump covers are bonded to the external helicopter skin in the same location.

“In case of a lightning strike, a fraction of the electrical current may be diverted inside the sump plate and therefore flowing into the electrical wiring, connected to the components installed inside the fuel tanks.

“This condition, if not corrected, could, under certain conditions, create an ignition source in the fuel tank vapour space, possibly resulting in a fuel tank fire or explosion.”

The grounding of the North Sea fleet during lightning storms is common industry practice due to the dangers associated with flying in unsafe weather as well as the phenomenon of “triggered lightning”.

The Met Office has previously carried out extensive research into incidents where helicopters have caused lightning strikes during the winter season.

Research revealed that strikes are believed to happen when helicopters acquire a negative charge during flight and fly close to a positively charged cloud.

The aircraft manufacturer, Italian firm Leonardo, has provided instructions for modification of the electrical bonding and re-routing of the existing copper straps with bonding cables..

The changes must be carried out within 300 flight hours.

Leonardo has been contacted for comment.

 

 

Unite the Union Back Home Safe Petition 2017 Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s   L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS

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                                                  Unite the Union Back Home Safe Petition 2017

Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s   L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS

 
As a direct result of Unite the union members working  in the offshore Oi& Gas sector raising their  serious concerns in relation to the reintroduction of the Airbus Superpuma H225LP and AS332 L2 helicopters Unite  is running a petition the ‘Back Home Safe 2017 `campaign to demonstrate the offshore workers and families and the general publics  no – confidence in these airframes.
 
  • Our petition calls for all stakeholders to back the non-reintroduction and the permanent cessation of commercial operations in the UKCS.
  • Please sign our  on – line  petition and  if you wish hard copies  or to assist in the campaign (please let us know contact details below)
The Link to the Survey Monkey  –  Unite Back Home Safe 2017 petition; for all offshore Oil  & Gas workers their families and the general public to sign and show their support for the campaign Not to  re – Introduce the Airbus superpuma 225s
 
Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s  L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FW6Y8KG   please distribute as appropriate
 
 
 
Unite members have a vital role in making this campaign a success. Together we need to show that workers will not accept a return ‘business as usual ` and will express a vote of no – confidence in the Airbus Superpuma  225s  airframes.
 
Unite members have told us, their Health & Safety is paramount in the offshore sector. We are asking our members and all offshore workers and their families and the general public to visibly support this campaign and future health and safety campaigns in the industry.
 
To win, you will need to show publicly your support and you will need to build the campaign through speaking to your colleagues, gaining their support and asking them to play an active role. Thirty thousand workers are employed in the UK Oil & Gas Industry; thirty thousand voices united will not be ignored.
 
If, you have any questions or would like to assist in the campaign please e mail uniteoffshore@gmail.com
 
Offshore helicopter safety is no accident  Unite the union the largest trade union offshore in the Oil &Gas Sector  demands  the highest standard of  training and health &Safety for all who work on and travel in and fly on commercial offshore helicopter operations
 
 

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North Sea goodbye for Super Pumas as Bristow returns two to leasing group

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North Sea goodbye for Super Pumas as Bristow returns two to leasing group

Written by  – 18/07/2017 4:32 pm

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A North Sea helicopter operator is preparing to send controversial offshore choppers back to the leasing company.

Super Puma EC225s have been banned from flying in the UK since a fatal crash off Norway last year, that killed 13 people including Iain Stuart from Laurencekirk.

But in a move that caught industry by surprise, aviation watchdogs paved a way to a possible return by lifting flight restrictions earlier this month, with certain safety caveats.

The was met with anger and frustration from workforce representatives who claim that offshore workers have made their feelings towards the aircraft.

Unions want a public inquiry into a string of North Sea accidents involving the Airbus manufactured Super Pumas.

They claim to be getting by using alternative helicopters.

Several supermajors including Royal Dutch Shell have also ruled out using the helicopters again in UK operations.

Others companies such as BP are waiting until a root cause of the Norway accident is identified and public confidence restored.

Bristow and fellow chopper operator Babcock have not ruled using the Super Pumas again in the future.

A return to service is subject to a testing regime and a safety case.

CHC Helicopters said that the firm did not have any Super Pumas in its UK fleet.

Two of Bristow’s Super Pumas were rolled out onto the tarmac at Aberdeen Airport yesterday after a lengthy mothballing.

However rather than signalling their return, Bristow said it is preparing to send them back to the owners.

It is unclear if the move is connected to recent developments or if the leases were due up. Bristow has been asked to provide clarification.

A spokesperson for Bristow said: “Bristow can confirm that it is preparing two of its UK registered EC225 aircraft for their planned return to the leasing company. Bristow will also return two of its Australian-registered aircraft later this fiscal year.

“Bristow engineers are currently carrying out redelivery work at the Aberdeen base to bring the two UK aircraft, which have been in storage, back to full serviceability as per the lease redelivery requirements.

“Bristow continues to suspend all operation of its EC225s until the company is confident that the aircraft can operate safely.”

Unite regional industrial officer Tommy Campbell reiterated their support for any members of the workforce who refused to fly in a Super Puma.

He said: “We will support the offshore workforce in their refusal to get aboard the super pumas.

“It’s so disappointing that the decision to lift the ban on the super pumas has been made without knowing the root cause of the accident in Norway last year.

“The workforce are stressed enough with working in a dangerous and hostile environment without the added upset and stress of knowing that the helicopters that have caused the deaths of so many offshore workers are being returned to the UK and Norwegian oil and gas sectors.”

 

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