These offshore helideck design guidelines have been developed in response to anincreasing awareness within the industry that offshore helideck operations can encounter problems that potentially affect flight safety. These problems may be caused by helidecklayout and equipment deficiencies, structure-induced turbulence, hot gas plumes generatedby turbines and flares or the effects of wind/wave-induced motions on helidecks on floatingstructures and vessels. Often the problems result in operating limits being imposed by thehelicopter operators.Recommendation 10.3 (i) in CAA Paper 99004, a joint HSE / CAA sponsored report intooffshore helideck environmental issues, was the main starting point for these guidelinesalong with an increasing number of non-conformities found during helideck inspections.HSE, with the support of the CAA and endorsement by the Offshore Industry AdvisoryCommittee’s Helicopter Liaison Group (representing industry associations, trades unionsand regulators), have commissioned the development of these guidelines. The objective isto provide designers and helicopter operators with the means to identify and understand thekey issues that need to be addressed during design, fabrication and commissioning of helidecks. Good helideck design and operability also requires the designer and helicopter operator to have a clear understanding of regulatory requirements and the managementand operational aspects of offshore helicopter logistics. These guidelines should thereforebe read in conjunction with the latest editions of
CAP 437 - Offshore Helicopter landingAreas - Guidance on Standards
[Ref: 40] and the UK Offshore Operators Association
Guidelines for the Management of Offshore Helideck Operations
[Ref: 49]. They shouldbe regarded as companion documents.The environmental research work, which is the foundation for Section 10 of theseguidelines, was performed by BMT Fluid Mechanics Limited in conjunction with other specialists (e.g. DERA and JBAL). In addition, technical contributions from severalexperienced industry professionals and the findings from several other research projectsform the substance of these guidelines.It is HSE's intention that these guidelines be periodically updated to reflect the outcome of ongoing industry research and advances in design and operating knowledge. Readers aretherefore requested to send in their suggestions and comments for consideration to theHSE Hazardous Installation Directorate Offshore Division (Marine & Aviation Operations) atRose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London, SE1 9HS and / or BOMEL Limited at Ledger House, Forest green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2NR.