Emergency beacons to be provided
From 1 September, all survival suits worn during helicopter journeys from Kristiansund and Brønnøysund to the Norwegian Sea fields will be fitted with personal locator beacons.
The beacons are automatically activated on contact with water. The search and rescue (SAR) helicopter on the Halten Bank and the navy Sea King helicopters, as well as several boats, have equipment that can register and locate the signals.
Erik Hamremoen, aviation advisor in Statoil, reports that this is a one-year trial project between Statoil, Norsk Hydro and Shell. During this time the beacons will be tested to make sure that they function as intended, and do not emit signals at the wrong time.
“We’re also relying on people not to interfere with the transmitters. If the trial project proves to be a success, consideration will be given to fitting the position-indicating beacons to all the helicopter survival suits used on the Norwegian continental shelf. This is ground-breaking technology on a world-wide basis,” adds Mr Hamremoen.