Bristow issues statement in response to call for termination of its Nigeria Contracts

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Bristow issues statement in response to call for termination of its Nigeria Contracts

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Bristow issues statement in response to call for termination of its Nigeria Contracts

By Ofonime Essien


Nigeria’s National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a corporate services unit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, has called for the termination of Bristow Helicopters contracts in the country following the emergency landing of a Bristow-operated Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter on Feb. 3, 2016.

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Although all passengers and crew members were safely recovered following the precautionary water landing, the incident came just six months after the fatal crash of a Bristow S-76C+ near Lagos. That accident killed two pilots and four passengers, and seriously injured the remaining six passengers on board the aircraft. According to local news reports, NAPIMS contends that the fatal accident and recent incident have called into question Bristow’s maintenance and inspection programs, prompting the call by NAPIMS for its joint partners to terminate all Bristow helicopter services contracts.

Bristow issued the following statement in response to the NAPIMS action: “We are aware that a number of our clients have received a letter from the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) requesting termination of Bristow’s services and have engaged the authority and other government officials on the matter.

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“Safety is Bristow’s number one core value and we remain focused on safety in all aspects of our operation. We are in full compliance of all Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) regulatory requirements and Sikorsky operating directives, and continue to fully cooperate with the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in their investigation into the event of Feb. 3, 2016. We remain committed to continuing our safety work with all members of the aviation community, including other operators, to share best practices and support other initiatives that will help improve safety, and to honoring the contractual obligations with our customers.

“A comprehensive audit of our operation has been performed by the NCAA, and the NCAA has authorized that Bristow start test flights of the S-76 C++. We are also conducting series of additional safety assurance checks on the Sikorsky S-76 fleet as a precautionary measure prior to returning the aircraft to service.

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“We are engaging an independent third party to conduct an additional review of Bristow’s operations in Nigeria, with the expectation that such initiative will also extend to include the review of other similar entities across the Nigerian oil and gas industry, so that best practices can be shared laterally across all operators to further enhance safety.”

Source: Vertical Magazine

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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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