Incident Disclosure 2019

Helicopter Return to Base

November 25, 2019

On November 25, 2019 ExxonMobil reported that while en route to the Hebron Platform from St. John’s, Cougar Flight CGR151 had an indication of potential pressure loss on one of its redundant hydraulic pressure systems. There were 11 passengers and two flight crew onboard.

The helicopters flown offshore by Cougar have multiple, independent hydraulic systems and can fly safely with one system inoperable. Flight CGR151 returned to St. John’s and landed safely, with the Cougar SAR helicopter having been dispatched as per Cougar protocols. Local emergency crews were on stand-by in accordance with St. John’s International Airport procedures. These are standard precautionary measures in response to this type of indication.

The helicopter that experienced the incident will be repaired and returned to service. The Cougar Helicopters Maintenance Manager and Operations Manager reviewed the equipment failure against the Cougar “Safe to Fly” process, and there is no fleet-wide issue.

Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board are aware of the event and the C-NLOPB is monitoring ExxonMobil’s continued investigation.

Media Contacts:
Cougar Helicopters
Candace Moakler
Public Affairs Officer
(709) 691-1724
cmoakler@cougar.ca

C-NLOPB
Lesley Rideout
Communications Lead
(709)725-2900
lrideout@cnlopb.ca


Incident Disclosures 2019

DateUpdate
December 30, 2019Injured Worker on Terra Nova FPSO
November 25, 2019Helicopter Return to Base
October 15, 2019Near Miss on Terra Nova FPSO
October 3, 2019C-NLOPB approves resumption of drilling operations on Transocean Barents
September 26, 2019Approval of plans to resume operations at Hibernia and update on follow up to recent offshore incidents
September 9, 2019Injured Worker on Transocean Barents
August 21, 2019C-NLOPB Update on August 17, 2019 Discharge at the Hibernia Platform
August 18, 2019C-NLOPB Update on August 17, 2019 Discharge at the Hibernia Platform
August 16, 2019C-NLOPB approves re-start of production operations from final two drill centres at White Rose field
August 15, 2019C-NLOPB approves resumption of production operations at Hibernia Platform
August 1, 2019Update – Hibernia Oil Spill
July 18, 2019Hibernia Oil Spill
July 9, 2019Incident Bulletin – Near Miss with Potential for Fatality on Terra Nova FPSO
July 5, 2019Update – Follow-up to November 2018 Oil Spill at White Rose Field
June 4, 2019Near Miss on Hibernia Platform
May 24, 2019Flushing – South White Rose Extension Drill Centre
March 19, 2019Update on Plugging of Flowline and Recovery of Flowline Connector at the South White Rose Extension Drill Centre
March 14, 2019Near Miss Onboard Terra Nova FPSO
March 13, 2019Update on Plugging of Flowline and Recovery of Flowline Connector at the South White Rose Extension Drill Centre
January 30, 2019C-NLOPB Issues Approvals to Husky Energy
January 18, 2019Update – Status of Spill at White Rose Field
January 11, 2019Update – Status of Spill at White Rose Field
January 7, 2019Update – Status of Spill at White Rose Field