Sea pilot transfer
In the German Bight ships above a certain size or carrying particular types of cargo are obliged to take a sea pilot on board to assist the Captain in navigating the respective sea areas, rivers and ports. In addition to sea pilot transfer by boat, WIKING helicopters are used to transfer sea pilots. A helicopter is used for this mainly in bad weather conditions, when the wave height is too high to allow safe transfer of a sea pilot by boat.
In these conditions the sea pilots are either transferred by hoist onto or from marked positions on the ship, or the helicopter lands directly on the vessel.
In more than 40 years of service we have gained a considerable experience base in offshore sea pilot transfers. Since the principal method of transferring the sea pilots on board ship is by hoist, our operational staff in this area are the most experienced in the world. Nonetheless, as part of its quality assurance procedures, WIKING constantly endeavors to make improvements to this task, which is predominantly carried out in harsh conditions with strong winds.
WIKING has constantly proved its reliability since its foundation in 1975, with over 114,000 accident-free flight hours and almost 56,000 transfers.
WIKING maintains its flight service up to wind speed Beaufort 11, 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year.
Emergency rescue / Emergency services
Emergency medical care for offshore wind farms
WIKING works in cooperation with Offshore Response Safety GmbH (ORS) to provide emergency medical assistance to employees based at offshore wind farms. For this purpose WIKING always has an helicopter and crew on stand-by. ORS provides the medical personnel and their medical equipment. This service is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
When the alarm is raised, the helicopter flies to the incident site with a crew consisting of an emergency doctor, a paramedic, two pilots and a hoist operator. Once the helicopter has landed on the ship, the med crew are dispatched, together with their rescue equipment. This is performed by landing on the platform or on a ship with a helideck. If it is impossible to land, the personnel and equipment are transferred by hoist.
The doctor makes an initial diagnosis and decides on what further procedures and steps are required. As soon as the patient is stable enough to be transported, the helicopter will depart to the nearest suitable medical facility. If the patient has to be transported lying down, they are brought on board the helicopter in an air rescue bag. While the medical crew continue to monitor and treat the incident victim, they are flown to the clinic best suited to treat the medical condition or type of injury in question.
Patient care is delivered in the context of the particular mission profiles involved and in accordance with established standards of emergency medicine and of air rescue in Germany. Given the special nature of the task, dedicated procedures and medical care delivery methods have been developed to reflect the demands of operational situations frequently encountered. Operators of offshore wind farms can therefore call on a comprehensive emergency care service, staffed by highly-qualified personnel, based on years of experience in the offshore wind industry.
The helicopter alerting service is carried out and coordinated by the ORS and Gesellschaft für Maritimes Notfallmanagement mbH (GMN) a subsidiary of the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS) and the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCC).
In view of GMN's / DGzRS years of experience in coordinating rescue missions for maritime emergencies, WIKING regards them as one of the most experienced authorities capable of undertaking such coordination tasks.
Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (Havariekommando)
WIKING provides air support services to the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (Joint Institution for the German Federal Government and the Coastal States) for rescue operations at sea. At our base in Wilhelmshaven, WIKING also trains the Federal Airborne Rescue Services and, together with the ARGE Küstenschutz coastal protection agency, WIKING provides protection along the German coastline in cases of shipping emergencies. A major component of this safety training designed for these eventualities is conducted for the Fire Department lying along the German coast.
Support for offshore facilities
Since its foundation in 1975, WIKING has flown over 114,000 accident-free flight hours, predominantly in operations at sea and in the coastal areas of the North Sea, as well as supplying offshore facilities. Almost 56,000 accident-free sea pilot transfers have been carried out.
Since construction began on the first offshore wind farms, WIKING has been operating supply flights and crew changes to the Jackup Vessels and platforms in the North Sea.
Having started with Alpha Ventus, WIKING currently operates flights to Nordsee Ost and Global Tech 1, as well as to the BorWin, HelWin and DolWin transformer platforms for the following firms: ABB, RWE, HochTief, Siemens and Petrofac. WIKING transports personnel and materials for the operators and the construction companies.
In addition to being a partner for the offshore wind industry, WIKING also operates flights for the oil and gas industry. Customers for which WIKING has flown include Saipem, Maersk, Gaz de France and Conoco Philips.
Safety is always WIKING's highest priority. For this reason, and as a matter of principle, a helicopter crew always consists of two pilots and, depending on the nature of the mission, of a winch operator as well. The minimum requirement for any pilot to fly offshore for WIKING is 1,200 flight hours; to be a captain the pilot must have a minimum of 2,000 operational flight hours. All WIKING`s pilots hold an Airline Transport Pilot's Licence (Helicopters) (ATPL (H)) and are qualified to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).
On average the Captains have more than 5,300 hours of flying experience. All WIKING hoist operators are trained in-house on a training programme approved by the German federal aviation administration. Our hoist operators have on average over 2,300 hoist maneuvers experience.
The WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH Maintenance Organisation, with EASA Part 145 authorisation, is located with hangar and workshops at the JadeWeserAirport base and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. WIKING is a CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation), authorised EASA Part M organisation.
Our service teams are deployed all over the world and we are currently working in:
- United Kingdom
WIKING's Maintenance Organisation carries out the entire range of maintenance tasks on our own aircraft, as well as on the aircraft of national and international customers.
Maintenance includes repairs, modifications and overhaul. WIKING also carries out maintenance on construction components and safety equipment such as life jackets. In addition, WIKING conducts airworthiness testing and other checks prescribed by the aviation authorities.
To be qualified to carry out maintenance and related checks, maintenance personnel undergo company-internal training; attend training courses from external training providers and possess a considerable amount of operational experience.
Company staff tend to have been employed for many years at WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH. Certifying personnel are on staff for Cat B1, B2 & C.
In order to meet the sharply increasing demand for third party maintenance (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO)) for helicopters from south-eastern Europe and Asia, WIKING took over KaleAir in 2011. This aquisition included the base in the centre of Istanbul, together with personnel and the hangar. KaleAir is an accredited Part 145 maintenance organisation approved by the Turkish aviation authorities.
After acquisition of KaleAir, the company has moved from Istanbul to Busa in order to be more accessible to all Turkish customers.
The ground handling department is in direct contact with the customer. This includes dispatch and check-in. WIKING relies on experience and expertise in these areas. Therefore, all employees are in permanent employment and have all by the Federal Aviation Authority required trainings (LBA 11.2.6, 220.127.116.11 to 8) and permissions (background check according to § 7 LuftSiG) for the area of passenger handling with all the peculiarities of the offshore supply. Of course, passenger handling is offered in two languages (German & English ICAO Level 4).
Our employees are permanently trained for the handling of dangerous goods (according to IATA specifications) by the company's own and by LBA (GN B32 / 438.6 / 66) certified training concept. By the appointment as auxiliary police officers (in accordance with § 63 Abs.2-4 BPolG), a passenger handling for non-EU and passengers from the Schengen area is available at the JadeWeserAirport.
Wiking Helicopter Service can carry out flight operations outside the opening hours of the JadeWeserAirport by the company's own flight controllers. Wiking is therefore not bound to the opening hours of the JadeWeserAirport.
We see ourselves as part of an offshore project and will always assist our customers with our experience.
WIKING provides theoretical and practical hoist training on helicopters for the transfer of persons to ships and wind turbines.
Approved Training Organisation (ATO)
WIKING is an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) with type rating and instructor authorisation for the Sikorsky S-76 and Airbus Helicopters H145. WIKING offers helicopter training and flight testing of pilots to EASA standards and approvals.
Our own ATO is happy to offer the following courses:
- Type Rating EC145(BK117) D-2 (H145) VFR, IFR, MP and/or SP
- Differences Course EC145(BK117) C-2 to D-2
- PBN Courses
- NVIS/NVG courses
- Skill and Proficiency Checks
Our courses follow manufacturer and industry standards. We have modern level D simulators to our proposal and our own training helicopter.
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