Bond Offshore Helicopters has secured a £60m contract to provide search and rescue (SAR) services in the UK Central North Sea.
North Sea oil and gas operators have committed £60m to fund a SAR helicopter service, which will supplement the new UK-wide SAR service planned to be launched in April by the Department for Transport.
The service would provide rescue and recovery, and medevac cover for offshore workers.
It will replace the Jigsaw SAR helicopter service, which has been offering rescue and response cover from the BP Miller platform.
Oil & Gas UK chief executive Malcolm Webb said: "Jigsaw has been an excellent service that has benefited many in the Central North Sea over the years. However the removal of the Miller platform means that service was not sustainable.
"This industry-funded search and rescue helicopter service will maintain the rescue and recovery capability we demand for our offshore workforce."
Bond Offshore Helicopters managing director Steve Griffiths said: "Our search and rescue teams have been providing a life-saving service with specialist helicopters for almost a decade.
"Today’s announcement ensures the men and women working offshore in the Central North Sea will continue to receive world-class search and rescue support."
The SAR helicopter and the back-up aircraft will be located at Bond Offshore’s headquarters at Aberdeen International Airport. It will cover a radius of about 160 nautical miles in the Central North Sea.