An NHV operated Airbus H175 Chopper taken ashore on a ship after warning light appears

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An NHV operated H175 helicopter.

A stricken Airbus H175 helicopter had to be taken ashore aboard a ship after a cockpit warning light appeared while the aircraft was on an oil rig.

Only a small number of H175s are in service in the UK North Sea. NHV has three at its base in Aberdeen, while CHC Helicopter took delivery of its first H175 for use in offshore oil operations in August.

A spokesman for Belgian operator NHV said the warning light incident took place last week.

He said the light came on when the aircraft was on a rig in Danish waters, and not during flight.

A ship was used after it became clear that the H175 could not safely fly all the way back to its base.

The aircraft did manage to fly the short distance between the rig and the ship, before being transported back to the Danish coast.

Once near the shore, it made a short flight to Esbjerg airport, where it is undergoing scheduled maintenance.

An industry source based in Denmark told Energy Voice that the aircraft had suffered gearbox problems.

NHV and Airbus said a root cause had yet to be found.

A spokesman for Airbus said the aircraft would not return to action without undergoing a full set of checks.

He said: “An NHV H175‎ experienced a cockpit warning on the deck of an offshore rig in the North Sea.

“With full support from Airbus Helicopters the aircraft was cleared for two short ferry flights, from the rig to a transport ship and, on the ship’s arrival at the coast, a short flight on to land.

“The flights, which totalled less than 10 minutes, remained at all times within the safe flight period following one of these alerts.

“The aircraft will undergo a full technical inspection ahead of any return to flight.”

 


Unite  Back Home Safe 2017 Campaign  – Helicopter Safety Offshore

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Organising in Scotland’s heliports

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Unite’s organisers encouraging sign-up to Unite in heliports. Find out more in the video below:

 

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Unite: We welcome a debate in the Scottish Parliament around offshore helicopter safety

 

 

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John Boland;  Unite the Union regional officer; Aberdeen

“We welcome a debate in the Scottish Parliament around helicopter safety in the transport of oil and gas workers in the North Sea, however, action is required to protect offshore workers.

Unite position is clear that the Super Puma helicopter should not be used to fly offshore workers to and from offshore installations in the UKCS.

The Super Puma’s record makes grim reading. It has been involved in accidents and incidents.

6 times in 8 years; 65 people have been rescued from the North Sea and

33 workers have lost their lives. All were involved in traveling to or from

installations in a Super Puma 225.

The decision to lift the ban has rightly angered the offshore workforce.

A survey by Airbus and a petition by Unite have identified thousands of workers declaring that they have no confidence in the safety of this helicopter and that they do not wish to fly in these helicopters again.

The Oil and Gas industry is vital to the local and national economy. The oil companies and contractors claim their most valuable asset is the workforce if that’s the case then follow the Statoil lead and commit to not using the Superpuma 225s to transport your employees to and from offshore installations. “

Unite`s question to the Oil companies is clear are you just paying lip service to workers safety and are you more concerned with your profit and shareholder value than offshore workers safety and wellbeing? If that is Not the case then follow  Statoil, and publicly commit, that you will Not use the SuperPuma 225s to transport offshore workers to and from offshore installations in the UKCS.

Shell and BP said they would not consider returning the aircraft to service until the root cause of the Norway crash is found


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More MSPs support the motion SSM-07724 to Scottish Parliament for the debate on Workforce concerns regarding helicopter safety in the North SeaOffshore motion


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All MSPs asked to support Unite`s Back Home Safe Campaign 2017- No return of the Super Puma 225s –

Unite has  written to All the Scottish Parliament MSPs  asking  for their support,  (see email below )have your say lobby your MSP /MP  about the Super Puma 225s  and helicopter safety let them know how you feel

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Dear MSP

 

I am, contacting you on behalf of Unite the Union and the thousands of members we represent who work offshore in the  Oil & Gas sector, some of them will live in your constituency, I am asking for your support on their behalf for Unite the Union Back Home Safe campaign 2017.
http://www.uniteoffshore.net/back-home-safe-2017.html

You can support the campaign by doing the following :

1 .  Supporting  the following motion to Parliament

2 .  Signing the petition on the non-return of super puma 225s in the UKCS

Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea Motion Number: S5M-07724 Lodged By: Lewis Macdonald Date Lodged: 15/09/2017 To be considered for Members’ Business
Title: ♦ Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea

Motion Text:
That the Parliament understands that the Civil Aviation Authority has lifted the ban on the use of Superpuma H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters in the UK despite continuing concerns over the safety of these helicopters among offshore workers; further understands that Airbus, the manufacturer of Superpuma helicopters, has carried out a survey of North Sea workers and aircrew in order to establish their attitudes towards helicopter safety; notes the finding that 62% of respondents would be unlikely to fly in a Superpuma helicopter, given a choice; further notes that 44% of respondents were unaware of work done to improve safety since the Superpuma crash in April 2016, including increased monitoring and inspection measures and more regular replacement of gearbox components; recognises that Unite the Union has launched a petition opposing the reintroduction of the Superpuma helicopters, signed by thousands of offshore workers in the North East Scotland parliamentary region and across the country, who remain concerned about their safety and reputation, and notes calls for flights in these Superpuma helicopters to not resume.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Mark Griffin, Tavish Scott, Colin Beattie, Maree Todd, Fulton MacGregor, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Neil Findlay, Graeme Dey, Daniel Johnson, Mairi Gougeon

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

2 .  Signing the petition on the non-return of super puma 225s in the UKCS

Unite Back Home Safe Petition 2017 has over 2500 signatories and growing

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

As a direct result of Unite the union members working in the offshore Oil & Gas sector raising their serious concerns in relation to the reintroduction of the Airbus Superpuma H225LP and AS332 L2 helicopters Unite  is running the   ‘Back Home Safe 2017 `campaign with a petition  to demonstrate that  offshore workers and families and the general public have  no – confidence in these helicopters.

Our petition calls for all stakeholders to back the non-reintroduction and the permanent cessation of commercial operations in the UKCS.Unite is now actively asking oil companies and contractors their position on the 225s return

Please sign our online petition (attached) hard copy (which can be signed and sent back to me)

The Link to the Survey Monkey –

Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s and L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FW6Y8KG

Unite members have told us, their Health & Safety is paramount in the offshore sector. We are asking you to support our members and all offshore workers and their families and visibly support this campaign.

That worker will not accept a return ‘business as usual ` and will express a vote of no – confidence in the Airbus Superpuma 225s choppers.

More information on our website –

http://www.uniteoffshore.net/back-home-safe-2017.html

Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/UniteDemandBackHomeSafe/

Twitter account

https://twitter.com/uniteoffshore

 

 

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MSPs  who have signed the back home safe petition to date @ 20September 2017

Colin Beattie MSP (SNP)
Claire Haughey MSP (SNP)
Ross Greer MSP (Green)
Patrick Harvie MSP (Green)
Maree Todd MSP (SNP)

Richard Leonard MSP (Labour)
Neil Findlay MSP (Labour)
Lewis McDonald MSP (Labour)
Monica Lennon MSP (Labour)
Claire Baker MSP (Labour)
Colin Smyth MSP (Labour)
Claudia Beamish MSP (Labour)
Pauline McNeil MSP (Labour)
Anas Sarwar MSP (Labour)

MSP who support the motion
Lewis MacDonald (Labour)
Iain Gray (Labour)
Mark Griffin (Labour)
Tavish Scott (Lib Dem)
Colin Beattie (SNP)
Maree Todd( SNP)
Fulton MacGregor (SNP)
Elaine Smith (Labour)
Rhoda Grant (Labour)
Neil Findlay (Labour)
Graeme Dey (SNP)
Daniel Johnson (Labour)
Mairi Gougeon (SNP)

 

To sign our petition

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FW6Y8KG   

Thanks in advance

I look forward  to hearing from you soonest

Billy Donohoe
Union Organiser
Unite the Union
Scottish Region

 


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Offshore Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea

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Motion S5M-07724: Lewis Macdonald, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/09/2017
That the Parliament understands that the Civil Aviation Authority has lifted the ban on the use of Superpuma H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters in the UK despite continuing concerns over the safety of these helicopters among offshore workers; further understands that Airbus, the manufacturer of Superpuma helicopters, has carried out a survey of North Sea workers and aircrew in order to establish their attitudes towards helicopter safety; notes the finding that 62% of respondents would be unlikely to fly in a Superpuma helicopter, given a choice; further notes that 44% of respondents were unaware of work done to improve safety since the Superpuma crash in April 2016, including increased monitoring and inspection measures and more regular replacement of gearbox components;recognises that Unite the Union has launched a petition opposing the reintroduction of the Superpuma helicopters, signed by thousands of offshore workers in the North East Scotland parliamentary region and across the country, who remain concerned about their safety and reputation, and notes calls for flights in these Superpuma helicopters to not resume.

 

Supported by: Iain Gray, Mark Griffin, Tavish Scott, Colin Beattie, Maree Todd, Fulton MacGregor, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Neil Findlay, Graeme Dey, Daniel Johnson, Mairi Gougeon

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

Next Steps

Contact your MSP ask them to support the motion and sign the Unite petition on the Non-re-introduction of the Airbus Super Puma 225s in the UKCS

 

The Link to the Survey Monkey Petition:

 

For more information on the campaign

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MSP calls for debate on offshore helicopter safety

Lewis Macdonald MSP

Standing up for Aberdeen and the North East

MSP calls for debate on helicopter safety

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North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has tabled a parliamentary motion calling for a debate on helicopter safety in the North Sea.

After tabling a Members’ Business motion at Holyrood, Lewis Macdonald said:

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“Safety must always be a priority for the North Sea oil and gas industry – regardless of any other issues it is currently facing.

“A recent survey by Airbus, the makers of Superpuma helicopters, found that over 60% of offshore workers would be reluctant to fly on a Superpuma helicopter, while over 40% were unaware of the new safety measures introduced by the manufacturers.

“Meanwhile, thousands of offshore workers have signed a Unite the Union petition calling on the UK oil and gas industry not to re-introduce Superpuma helicopters in the North Sea.

“When so many workers are coming together to highlight safety concerns, it is vital that we as MSPs listen to what they have to say.

“That is why I will be seeking a Members’ Business debate on the issue in the Scottish Parliament before there is any move to bring Superpuma helicopters back into service in the North Sea.”

ENDS.

For more information contact Lewis Macdonald on 01224 646333 or 07770646792

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Members’ Business motion tabled by Lewis Macdonald MSP below:

Motion Number: S5M-07724
Lodged By: Lewis Macdonald
Date Lodged: 15/09/2017

To be considered for Members’ Business
Title: ♦ Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea

Motion Text:

That the  Scottish Parliament understands that the Civil Aviation Authority has lifted the ban on the use of Superpuma H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters in the UK despite continuing concerns over the safety of these helicopters among offshore workers; further understands that Airbus, the manufacturer of Superpuma helicopters, has carried out a survey of North Sea workers and aircrew in order to establish their attitudes towards helicopter safety; notes the finding that 62% of respondents would be unlikely to fly in a Superpuma helicopter, given a choice; further notes that 44% of respondents were unaware of work done to improve safety since the Superpuma crash in April 2016, including increased monitoring and inspection measures and more regular replacement of gearbox components; recognises that Unite the Union has launched a petition opposing the reintroduction of the Superpuma helicopters, signed by thousands of offshore workers in the North East Scotland parliamentary region and across the country, who remain concerned about their safety and reputation, and notes calls for flights in these Superpuma helicopters to not resume.

 


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Here’s how you can help – write to your MSPs! http://www.parliament.scot/msps/current-msps.aspx
1. Click here to go to the Write to Them website!
2. Once you’re on the Write to Them website, enter your postcode and click ‘Go’.
3. On the next page – click ‘Write to all your Regional MSPs’ on the right-hand side of the page.
4. Ask your MSPs to support the motion
5. sign the petition send them the link : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FW6Y8KG
6. Also you can write to your MP; http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/contact-your-mp/

If you work offshore, tell them about why you and your colleague’s friends and family have no -confidence in the Airbus 225s choppers and any problems or difficulties that you’re experiencing in the industry. Tell them that the industry needs their support to stop the return of the super pumas. Use your own words – but keep it short.
7. Fill in your contact details and then click ‘Preview and Send’ at the bottom.

Thank you!

 


 

 

Offshore workers accept latest OCA pay offer

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Offshore workers have accepted a revised contract offer, bringing down the curtain on a prolonged dispute over pay and conditions which almost led to a strike.

Workers were voting on a third pay offer from the Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA), which represents nine employers.

They turned down a 2% pay rise earlier this year, having already rejected an offer at the end of 2016.

Trade unions had been holding out for better terms, including a wage increase, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time.

Unions then held a series of industrial action ballots, but there was not enough support for a strike.

They said a majority of workers had backed a walkout, but legal requirements for staging a strike were not satisfied in most cases.

At least 50% of eligible members must vote in favour of industrial action for a strike to go ahead.

The OCA subsequently proposed a 2% pay increase and a £450 lump sum for certain employees.

Last month, the Unite, RMT and GMB trade unions recommended that their members accept the revised offer.

Workers voted in favour of the latest offer, but only by a “narrow margin”.

The OCA, whose members include Amec Foster Wheeler, Petrofac and Wood Group PSN, welcomed the decision to vote in favour of the new deal.

OCA chief executive Paul Atkinson said: “We are really pleased that members of all three trade unions have chosen to endorse our proposal in a consultative ballot.

“We have worked extremely hard with union officials to reach a shared settlement that we all believe to be in the best interests of everyone involved.

“OCA member companies will now start work on implementing the revised pay package.”

Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “The three unions’ members have reluctantly accepted the offer by a narrow margin.

“The current trade dispute has been brought to an end as a result of these ballots.”

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