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Old 22nd Nov 2021, 05:04
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Old 27th Nov 2021, 10:37
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The current 4 operator model, in Aberdeen, suggests the 'competition question' is ABZ-centric.



If 'energy' includes other than Oil/Gas, then other companies do also exist in the UK market area.



Wiking have single a/c bases at Wick and Beccles.


Uni-fly(partnered with CHC) operate out of Humberside.

Babcock(onshore) do operate offshore.



Ad-hoc wise, HeliService International have been operating off Cork, Bel-Air put in occasional appearances, as do Atlantic Airways, PGD and even British International.
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Old 30th Nov 2021, 14:00
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UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2
Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Government’s Competition and Mergers Authority (“CMA”) has referred the completed acquisition by CHC Group LLC of Offshore Helicopter Services UK Limited (“OHS”), Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd and Offshore Helicopter Services Denmark A/S for an in-depth investigation.

The latter three companies were previously named Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd, and Babcock Denmark A/S respectively. The date of reference for the inquiry is today, 29 November 2021, and the inquiry has a statutory deadline of 15 May 2022.
The CMA has appointed a board to investigate the situation consisting of the following:- Kip Meek (Chair), Juliet Lazarus, Cyrus Mehta, and Karthik Subramanya. The current situation continues to be that CHC and OHS have to continue trading at arms length, and thus cannot interfere in the running of each other’s businesses, even though CHC has technically bought OHS.
This situation has to continue until Phase 2 of the inquiry has reported its findings. On 18th November we reported that the CMA had raised concerns at the deal and given CHC five working days to respond to particular matters. It is HeliHub’s understanding that CHC did not respond in the required timescale, thus moving the inquiry to Phase 2. While the official line is that this creates a further period of nearly six months for the inquiry team to investigate and report, this also creates a longer period for CHC to come up with a plan with which they would hope to sidestep the Inquiry recommendations.
This could, for example, see some aspects of the merged operation being passed to another operator (other than their current competitors, Bristow and NHV) in order to maintain the CMA’s seemingly preferred model of four offshore operators in the UK. In their own words:- “The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom.” Read more at
https://helihub.com/2021/11/29/uk-co...ck-to-phase-2/
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Old 1st Dec 2021, 14:33
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Originally Posted by BTC8183 View Post
Babcock(onshore) do operate offshore.
Not any longer.
  • The wind contract at Barrow for two 135s was terminated - reduced to one a/c in Nov20 and to zero in May21
  • The wind contract from Lowestoft ended a while back (at least by summer 2018)
  • The rig support contract off southern Ireland has stopped as the Kinsale field has been decomissioned
If Babcock do anything offshore, it's very much in your "ad hoc" list
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Old 1st Dec 2021, 14:55
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Helihub , so what if any aviation support is now supporting the Walney Wind Farm operation - an amount was spent building a dedicated hangar and helipad up in the Barrow area to support the offshore wind farm , is that now officially defunct or is another operator using it on ad hoc basis as required, Is the offshore operation served by just " walk to work" vessels out of the Barrow in Furness docks.

I suppose Orsted could always "hustle" the existing Uni Fly contract support from Humberside with a 60 minute transit if winch transfer is required


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Old 1st Dec 2021, 19:49
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Originally Posted by dustycraphopper View Post
Helihub , so what if any aviation support is now supporting the Walney Wind Farm operation - an amount was spent building a dedicated hangar and helipad up in the Barrow area to support the offshore wind farm , is that now officially defunct or is another operator using it on ad hoc basis as required, Is the offshore operation served by just " walk to work" vessels out of the Barrow in Furness docks.

I suppose Orsted could always "hustle" the existing Uni Fly contract support from Humberside with a 60 minute transit if winch transfer is required
The new occupants at Blackpool occasionally support the windfarm vessels.
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Old 2nd Dec 2021, 16:19
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Originally Posted by dustycraphopper View Post
Helihub , I suppose Orsted could always "hustle" the existing Uni Fly contract support from Humberside with a 60 minute transit if winch transfer is required
This quote is from Ørsted and was part of this article back in June.
“We continually assess our operations performance to ensure we deliver the highest standards across our portfolio. Thanks to the excellent reliability we have seen from the Walney Extension turbines and high-quality service provided by our technicians, we have not required the use of a helicopter as much as originally envisaged. This has in turn brought down the requirement for troubleshooting and emergency maintenance, where helicopter transfer of parts and personnel can assist in delivering significant value. Therefore, we have coordinated with Babcock to pause helicopter logistics support. As with all measures on our performance journey, we will continue to review our processes and should circumstances change we may reinstate helicopter service in the future.”
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