News Releases 2014

Offshore safety conference draws international experts to Newfoundland and Labrador

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2014

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
(C-NLOPB) hosted a safety conference today at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Conference presenters included renowned safety experts from Canada, Norway, Australia, Brazil and the United States. Topics included lessons learned from major offshore incidents, an update on offshore helicopter safety initiatives, regulatory initiatives in the United States, and Just Culture and contract management. Delegates received a demonstration of the new offshore helicopter transportation suit. The conference also included exhibits from several offshore safety supply and services companies.

The Hon. Robert Wells, who authored the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry Report delivered opening remarks. “I am pleased with the progress that has been made by the C-NLOPB in the implementation of the Inquiry recommendations,” said Judge Wells. “A lot of good work has been done since I submitted my report and I am confident that opportunities for improvement will continue to be sought by governments, regulators and industry.”

Scott Tessier, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the C-NLOPB, stated that the Board was delighted to host a world class safety conference featuring leaders from regulatory agencies around the world.

“We work closely with the regulatory agencies here today, and with other colleagues worldwide” said Mr. Tessier. “Working collaboratively to achieve common goals, share information and discuss lessons learned helps make the industry a safer place to work and makes better regulators.”

The conference was attended by approximately 200 delegates from federal and provincial government departments and regulatory agencies, offshore workers and companies. Further information about the safety conference and presenters is available on the C-NLOPB website

Media Contact:
Sean Kelly M.A., APR, FCPRS
Manager of Public Relations
(709) 778-1418
(709) 689-0713 (cell)

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