The Department for Transport today, (Wednesday), announced that Bristow Helicopters Limited has won the contract to provide Search and Rescue (SAR) services in the north of Scotland.
Bristow will provide SAR services starting July 2013, using Sikorsky S-92 helicopters based in Stornoway and Sumburgh. Operations under the contract are expected to run for four years, until the long-term future provision of such services are secured.
Mike Imlach, Director of Bristow, said: “We are delighted to work with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide this important service from the Scottish islands.
“Bristow has an excellent reputation for faultless execution of search and rescue operations. We will bring our expertise to this contract, developed in the UK between 1971 – 2007 with 11,500 missions. In addition, we currently operate search and rescue services in Norway, the Netherlands, and Trinidad”.
“We are very much looking forward to renewing relationships with the MCA, Emergency Services and local communities in northern Scotland, working in partnership to once again provide vital Search and Rescue services to the UK public.”
“As we take over the service, Bristow will work closely with the current operator to ensure that staff eligible for transfer, achieve a smooth and seamless transition during this organisational change”.
Bristow Helicopters Limited is affiliated with the global Bristow Group, which has almost 60 years of experience in providing helicopter services. It operates from facilities around the world in some of the most hostile of environments delivering search and rescue, helicopter transportation, and maintenance services to clients. Bristow’s industry-leading aircrew and engineering training programs ensure that its clients receive the highest degree of flexibility and the safest, most experienced flight and maintenance crews available, ensuring confidence in flight, worldwide.