Hess Corporation joins Bristow medevac, search and rescue consortium

Bristow US LLC has been awarded a contract with Hess Corporation for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico, Bristow Group said.

This is Bristow´s second contract to provide full SAR services in the Gulf of Mexico.

As part of the contract, Hess joins Shell Offshore as the second member of the new SAR consortium formed by Bristow, which guarantees 24/7 SAR and medevac response to members within their entire Gulf of Mexico operations.

Bristow will operate the new service from its standalone SAR facility at the South Lafourche Airport in Galliano, dedicating a Sikorsky S-92 and a Leonardo AW139 aircraft for the contract.

Consortium members also receive emergency dispatch service provided by nationally registered EMTs and certified with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

Bristow provides SAR services as a core part of its helicopter services in most of the countries in which it operates. Since 1971, it has flown more than 65,000 SAR operational hours and conducted more than 20,100 SAR missions, during which more than 10,700 people have been rescued.

Bristow US LLC is an affiliate 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 the 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.