Travel offshore - OKEA

Travel offshore

Our Logistics department supplying and coordinate Air operations for OKEA from planning, personnel request, heli-booking, accommodation, contingency planning and Dawinci support. Please find more information below regarding your offshore flight.

Fixed Helicopter Schedule

Online flightschedule next 6 days from heliport.no.

Bergen – Brage – Bergen(Bristow)


Kristiansund – Draugen – Kristiansund (CHC Helikopter Service)

Preparation before flight / Requirement

Before departure

All courses and personnel data must be registered/updated in MyDaWinci, which also gives you an overview of your own data, travel history, requirements etc.

Upload missing certificates for approval and update your profile before check-in. Uploaded documents will be checked within next working day.

Special guests may receive deviations from the requirements.

Travel requirements

  • Basic offshore safety course (BOSIET/GSK) [More info]
  • Offshore health certificate
    Anyone who has been on sick leave for 8 weeks or longer or has reason to believe that he/she no longer satisfies the health requirements, shall consult a petroleum doctor who will assess the need for a new health certificate. [More info]
  • Work permit (AT) and Safe Job Analysis (SJA) for fixed installations * (Not required for guest and catering)

Draugen specific

  • Draugen shaft (GBS) course for dedicated personnel in emergency team and project workers need to be completed before check-in*
  • HSE Introduction before departure* (All new personell)
    Video format do not support mac/Iphone.

* Create your user profile in OKEA Training Portal and assign missing courses (AT/SJA, GBS & HSE) via course catalogue. Also available with Trainingportal app.

For technical support, contact;
Mail: support@mintragroup.com | Phone: +47 24 15 55 55.

Residence permit

Personnel outside EU/EEA need a residence permit when travelling to a fixed installation. Please note! Some persons do not need a residence permit in order to work offshore. More information at UDI web page.

Implementation of new requirement for offshore travellers, March 1, 2024, measuring of shoulder width (XBR)

Background and Regulation
On July 1st 2019, the Civil Aviation Authority adopted the EU regulation regarding requirements for evacuation capabilities in helicopters. The requirement shall ensure that all passengers have access to sufficiently large emergency exits so that evacuations can be conducted safely and efficiently.


Initially, CHC and Bristow were granted temporary exemptions from the requirement until July 1st 2021. Subsequently, further exemptions were granted until March 1st 2024. From this date onwards, there will be an absolute requirement that helicopter passengers with shoulder width exceeding 56 cm (XBR) must be seated in dedicated seats during flights.

XBR stands for “Extra Broad” and the measurement of 56 cm is an internationally established standard. This measurement is unrelated to health requirements for individuals working in the petroleum industry (“health certificate”). Passengers with shoulder width exceeding 56 cm is not disqualified from traveling offshore.

Measurement Campaign prior to Implementation Date.


Measurement:
The requirement will be implemented on March 1st 2024. To minimize inconvenience for offshore travelers and ensure regularity in the flight schedule after this date, a registration campaign will commence in January 2024. The goal is to measure and document the shoulder width for all offshore travelers during this period. This process will occur in connection with outbound offshore travel. Temporary “measurement boots” will be set up at all heliports and manned by dedicated personnel who will be trained in required procedures. Offshore passengers will not be required to arrive earlier than usual at the heliport during this period, although it is recommended to arrive in good time prior to departure to complete the procedure.


The measuring procedure will consist of an initial a “screening” of shoulder width. The passenger will be asked to stand against a real- sized wall-mounted poster to determine whether he/she falls within or outside the definition of XBR. If this screening is insufficient to determine the category, an accurate measurement will be taken using a handheld measuring device.


Thick clothing must be removed during measurement, but a t-shirt or thin sweater can be retained.

Registration and Data privacy;
The measurement results will be recorded in Dawinci and linked to the Dawinci ID. There are only two possible registration options in the system: either Regular or XBR.


This information is stored to allow the helicopter operator to verify that the number of passengers categorized as XBR does not exceed the available number of seats. The information will also be used to ensure the distribution of arm tags at the handout of survival suits. The registration in Dawinci has been assessed to comply with GDPR regulations.


Practical implication and Seat Configuration.
Those falling under the XBR category will receive an arm tag that should be worn on the outside of the survival suit. The tag shall be kept attached to the suit until the offshore travel is over and the suit is handed in at the heliport. For those shuttling during their offshore stay, the arm tag shall also be worn during these flights.


Seats available for XBR passengers will be marked with a pattern corresponding to the arm tag.


In an S-92 cabin, 6 out of 19 seats are available for XBR passengers. In an AS332 Super Puma cabin, 4 out of 14 seats are available for XBR passengers.

Based on statistics from British sector, approximately 3% of passengers are categorized as XBR. This means there is a low probability of shortage of dedicated seats. If there are too many XBR passengers compared to the number of available seats, overbooking will be handled according to standard procedures.

What will happen to passengers after March 1, 2024, if they have not undergone measurement during the campaign period?
After the implementation date, passengers that have not had their shoulder width measured and registered in Dawinci will be prevented from completing their check -in procedure. This means that measurements must be performed at the heliport on the actual day of departure prior to check in and offshore travel. It is the individual’s responsibility to arrive at the heliport in due time.


Re- measurement of Shoulder Width
Shoulder width is relatively constant measure and will vary minimally over the years. However, there is an industry consensus to require a re- measurement after four years. The plan is to include the measurement procedure as part of required offshore safety training / refresh training at the training centers. Guidelines will be issued later in collaboration with all relevant parties.

Check-in / Heliport

Check-in [ON Guidlines 003]

Make sure you are ready for check-in at the heliport at least 60 minutes before departure. Follow the instructions at the heliport for check-in, bag drop, ID check/departure. In the event of announced delays; You must check in according to the regular departure or at short notice (e.g. 15-20 minutes) be ready for the new check-in time if changes occur (if no other information is given).

Helicopter departures can be followed at the heliport website.

  • Mobile phone must be switched off (flight mode not accepted) before checkpoint and should be kept inside of the suit, or stored in your luggage.
  • Medicine/dietary supplements must be in unsealed packaging with the prescription label or blister packaging. Fill in the medication form at the heliport and deliver it with your luggage at bag drop.
  • Luggage: Max weight and size per item, 10 Kg / 60x50x30 cm. Make sure that electronic equipment is packed properly.

Personal equipment/tools shall be checked in at the freight department no later than 1.5 hours before departure. Due to security reasons, it is not allowed to leave luggage in the open area. All luggage must be delivered to the bag drop.

NB! If your luggage is delayed, inform security control and fill in the form for delayed luggage. (Permission for inspection without presence).

Valid identification (with optical element):

  • Passport
  • Drivers license (digital version can be used as emergency identification if another ID cannot be obtained. Requires verification)
  • National ID-card

Prohibited items:

An overview of prohibited and regulated items can be found in Offshore Norge guideline 003 chapter 5. Items not defined in chapter 5 but prohibited are:

  • Power banks
  • E-cigarettes
  • Drones (Must obtain an approved carry permit in advance.)

    It is permitted to ship a maximum of 2 extra sets (the number of batteries required to run the device) of lithium batteries, when shipped along with associated equipment and registered as personal freight.

Bag drop

After check-in, go to bag drop. You will not have access to your luggage after delivery. Do not put ID cards or money in your checked luggage.

ID control and secure zone

ID checks, passenger checks, and possible drug checks may be carried out in case of suspicion. 

In the secure zone, go to survival-suit delivery. Hearing protection will be issued for use when embarking / disembarking the helicopter. Follow further directions and go to gate for security film.

At the gate

Shoes (or jacket) should be placed in a dedicated shoe bag. No luggage is allowed in the helicopter cabin. Your mobile shall now be turned off (flight mode not accepted).

In flight / arrival destination

In the helicopter

During the helicopter flight, the helicopter company’s own headphones need to be used. Follow the instructions given by the pilots.

Arrival offshore

Follow the instructions from the helideck personnel. You will receive the necessary information on board the installation.

HSE Introduction

If you are new on board or more than 12 months since last stay, an additional HSE introduction will be given after arriving the installation.

Each installation may have extra pre-flight HSE information, as mentioned below.

  • DRAUGEN:   HSE Introduction video [Trainingportal].
  • BRAGE:         HSE Brage (Pre-flight meeting at Flesland Heliport (for dedicated personnel)

OKEA Air Transport / Contact us: +47 417 74 080

OKEA Air Transport
Phone: +47 417 74 080
Mail: lufttransport@okea.no

Brage booking:
+47 455 17 489 | booking@rossoffshore.no

Draugen booking:
+ 47 417 74 080 | lufttransport@okea.no