Bristow wins Shell SAR contract

Bristow US LLC has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), to provide full medevac and search and rescue (SAR) coverage to Shell for deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said.

As part of the contract, Shell will also join the new SAR consortium formed by Bristow, which aims to provide unrivaled service and lifesaving capability to members while simultaneously reducing overall costs associated with SAR.

Bristow will deploy a dedicated state-of-the-art Sikorsky S-92 and a Leonardo AW139 to provide SAR response services. An advanced dispatch system staffed by registered EMTs will provide pre-arrival medical instructions over the phone and efficiently prioritize and manage response efforts in the event that multiple, simultaneous call-outs are received.

Bristow will operate the new service from its standalone SAR facility at the South Lafourche Airport in Galliano, Louisiana.

Bristow US LLC is a subsidiary of Bristow Group Inc., a provider of global industrial aviation services offering helicopter transportation, search and rescue (SAR), and aircraft support services, including maintenance and training, to government and civil organizations worldwide.

Bristow and its affiliates have operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, North Sea, Nigeria, the US Gulf of Mexico, Russia, and Trinidad, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world. Bristow provides SAR services to the private sector worldwide and to the public sector for all of the UK on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.