GCAA inspects, certifies helideck of Guyanese FPSO

William Agyare, Head of Aerodromes Safety & Standards (Centre) and Adrian Bassier (right), on board the Liza Destiny on Tuesday in Singapore with another official

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and their Guyanese counterparts have jointly inspected and certified the helideck of Guyanese FPSO christened Liza Destiny.

The Liza Destiny is ExxonMobil’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel, which is expected in Guyana in September. The drill ship was commissioned by Guyana’s First Lady, Mr. Sandra Granger, in Singapore in June 2019.

“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,” Guyana Civil Aviation Authority Director-General, Lt. Colonel Egbert Field, A.A. said.

The collaboration between Guyana and Ghana for this certification process emanated from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between GCAA and Ghana CAA in December 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya, at the ICAO Air Services Negotiation (ICAN) event.

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (Ghana CAA) has qualified inspectors and technical expertise in the licensing and certification of helidecks.

“It is a significant indication of words in actions as it testifies to the fruition of bilateral commitments made by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to President David Granger, during a State visit to Guyana in June 2019,” according to GCAA.

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The MOU between the two civil aviation authorities provides for technical cooperation and sharing of expertise and knowledge in the areas of civil aviation between the two Civil Aviation Authorities.
The swiftly emerging oil and gas sector has left Guyana scrambling to raise its capacity in a number of areas, including in the aviation field.

The GCAA further stated that it is building its capacity to ensure that it can adequately continue to provide the required services for such offshore vessels.

The inspector from Ghana was delegated by the Director-General of the GCAA 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 Ghanaian Inspector performed this function on behalf of the GCAA so that the requisite licence and certification for helideck would be issued by the GCAA, the agency that will be responsible for oversight of helidecks on Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels in Guyana’s territory,” Ing. Simon Allotey, the Director-General of the GCAA noted.

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