Monitoring the situation
On Thursday, 15 April, the Civil Aviation Authority decided to prohibit all flying in Norway as a result of the volcanic eruption in Iceland and the spread of ash in Norwegian airspace. Sections of the airspace were opened for limited air traffic on 16 April. The aviation authorities are continuously monitoring the situation
Used to handling weather situations
The PSA has been in communication with all operators and shipowners on the Norwegian shelf and emphasised the responsibility they bear for handling the situation on the basis of a risk-related assessment.
Necessary measures must be assessed and implemented with a view towards operating in a prudent manner in relation to the risk, and the operators and shipowners must be able to implement necessary measures in hazard and accident situations.
It is important to emphasise that operators and shipowners are used to handling weather situations where all or some of the helicopter traffic is grounded, for example in periods with dense fog.
In recent days, we have received a number of questions in relation to emergency preparedness issues, extension of stay (working hours) and alternative forms of transport.
Here is some information in relation to questions directed at the PSA in connection with this issue:
Use of SAR helicopter:
Extension of stay
Alternative means of transport – use of vessels and cranes in connection with personnel transport:
Other relevant links
Information from the authorities