The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published the fifth edition of the ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations, an industry best practice guide for the shipping industry for use in the infrequent event of helicopter operations.
The guide specifically addresses the technical aspects of complex helicopter operations, with an aim to standardize global procedures and facilities, and encourage safe and efficient performance in the field.
Accounting for human factors
Updates to the fifth edition of the ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations include updated guidance on transferring marine pilots directly to the bridge wing by winch, a list of abbreviations and definition from both the maritime and aviation industries, and a revised layout to, according to the ICS, ‘better reflect human factors’.
Gregor Stevens, ICS Senior Marine Advisor, commented: “As the shipping industry continues to grow, we are seeing more and more of these operations. Not only are they vital in emergencies, but there is also greater use of helicopters in scheduled crew changes, pilotage, and even the delivery of stores in some parts of the world.
“In preparing the new Guide, we have worked closely with the aviation industry to reflect the most recent best practice, which in itself is continually developing.”
Ensuring best practice and safety-conscious operations remains a priority. Mario Pierobon outlines the importance of crew resource management, particularly in air rescue missions, among several operators.