Ghana helps Guyana certify helideck on Liza Destiny

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says it got technical help from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to certify the helicopter deck aboard the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, Liza Destiny, that is on its way to Guyanese waters to prepare for commercial oil production.

“The inspection was conducted in collaboration with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (Ghana CAA) which has qualified inspectors and technical expertise in the licensing and certification of helidecks.

The inspection in Singapore was done to ensure compliance with Guyana’s Civil Aviation regulations and the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), while the vessel was in the shipyard so that any irregularity can be addressed before it leaves the port,” the Guyana CAA said.

The Guyana CAA sent its Chief Air Navigations and Aerodromes Inspector, Adrian Bassier, to conduct a helideck inspection aboard the vessel in Singapore.

The GCAA says it is building the capacity of its inspectors to address the needs of the emerging oil and gas sector in Guyana, by undertaking initiatives which will provide on the job training opportunities for its Inspectors. “Over the years the GCAA has invested significant financial resources to build the capacity of its Inspectors, which enables them to conduct their functions with more efficiency and effectiveness,” the Guyanese aviation regulatory agency said.

The inspector from Ghana was delegated by the Director General of the GCAA, Lt. Col. Egbert Field to perform the inspection functions on behalf of the Authority. “This is a normal practice when a State’s civil aviation authority does not have the requisite capacity to conduct an inspection or certification exercise,” the GCAA said.