New guidelines for safer offshore operations in Canada

offshoreThe federal government is moving to make offshore helicopter operations in Canada safer.

Lisa Raitt, the minister of transport, proposed new guidelines yesterday. In essence, the new rules will prohibit offshore helicopter operations when weather or water conditions make ditching in the water unsafe. In addition, they will require operators to carry emergency underwater breathing apparatus for each passenger onboard offshore flights and require all crewmembers to wear a water immersion survival suit specifically designed for crew.

The minister’s proposals are based on recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board report into the Cougar crash off St. John’s which claimed 17 lives.

Stakeholders will have a 30-day consultation period to comment on the regulations before they are finalized.

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