Tuesday 6 October 2020
The weather can have a major impact on helicopter flights, especially during take-off and landing operations, and particularly when operating offshore where you are completely surrounded by water and facing the most erratic weather conditions. Observator has been responding to this safety requirement for many years by developing and supplying helideck monitoring systems (HMS) to the Marine and Offshore industries. Although our systems meet the most stringent standards, new, even more stringent requirements will apply as of April 2021.
Recently the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA), which certifies helidecks worldwide, published the HCA 9b ‘Standard Helideck Monitoring Systems’, which contains new requirements concerning algorithms and calculations. This new standard will become mandatory as of the 1st of April 2021, and applies to FPSO’s, FSO’s, offshore installation vessels, mega yachts, offshore supply vessels, diving support vessels and other moving objects which are equipped with a helideck.
To meet the HCA 9b ‘Standard Helideck Monitoring Systems’, Observator developed a completely new helideck monitoring system: the OIC-2021 HMS Server, also known as Helideck Monitoring System 3.0. Besides the HCA 9b, our system fully complies with CAP437, Normam-27 and BSL D 5-1.
Despite the global impact of COVID-19 and the delay in the production of repeater lights, the HCA is maintaining the implementation date of the 1st of April 2021. It is therefore imperative to quickly update your helideck monitoring system with an HCA 9b compliant system. We, at Observator, look forward helping you to satisfy this requirement. Our new HCA 9b HMS hardware and software is already available and ready for deployment, enabling us to update your system without delay.
As an ISO-9001-2015 certified company, we apply the highest quality standards to our products and systems. However, as a trend-setting developer and supplier in a wide variety of industries, we are also continuously pushing the boundaries. By developing new, innovative products and by offering uncompromised support, we are able to guarantee solutions that exceed all expectations. That’s what sets us apart.