On March 9, John Astbury, MCA Chief Executive and representatives of the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the MCA and HCA, for helicopter landing areas on commercially operated large yachts, outlining their responsibilities and powers. The HCA has been given responsibility for the inspection of helicopter landing areas on commercially operated large yachts.

Commenting, John Astbury, Chief Executive of the MCA, said: “I am delighted that the MCA is able to offer the Large Yacht industry a viable alternative to the existing guidance on the design of helicopter landing areas. The new arrangement was developed in close consultation with industry and the UK Civil Aviation Authority.”

“With the HCA agreement in place, there is now an experienced body dedicated to the inspection of helicopter landing areas on board commercially operated UK large yachts, ensuring that safety and technical standards are maintained.”

Alan Veale, HCA General Manager, said: “We have developed an impressive track record in providing this key service to the oil and gas industry, and the agreement takes us on into a new phase of business development. We’re delighted to have established this new relationship with the MCA and look forward to providing the agency with a quality service on a consistent basis.”

“The agreement broadens our business activity beyond the energy sector for the first time and we will now aim to build upon it by securing work in other new sectors.”