18-Oct-2017 Source: HeliOffshore
Tough trading conditions do not directly correlate to decreasing safety standards, and the offshore transportation industry can and must maintain its pursuit of continuous safety improvement during periods of depressed demand. These were the key messages delivered by Bristow Group CEO Jonathan Baliff in a presentation this month’s Helitech show in London.
Mr Baliff, who serves on HeliOffshore’s board of directors, spelt out what he described as the “three commandments of safety in a downturn,” while adding that a rapid upturn in the market can pose challenges to safety. The three commandments are as follows:
Offering an honest assessment of lessons learnt during the recent downturn in the oil and gas sector, Mr Baliff argued for changes in the offshore transportation business model. He advocated for business models that help to use assets in the most efficient way and incentivize investment in areas that improve safety, such as enhanced technology and continuous improvement.
In conclusion, Mr Baliff spelt out three key ways that all industry stakeholders can pull together to improve safety in offshore transportation: