Traveling offshore

There are many things to know and ready yourself for:

Health certificate and course-diploma

Make sure you have a valid offshore health certificate, bring this with you. The certificate is valid for two years. Aker BP employees can get the health examination by contacting Aker BP’s Health Department.


Bring valid identification; passport, drivers license or national ID-card.

If you are a foreign national, you must bring valid work permit and show upon request at check in. More information and details can be found in the guidelines from the Norwegian oil and gas association.

Requirements before departure

General requirements before departure to Aker BP’s fixed installations:

  • Valid offshore health certificate
  • Basic safety course (GSK)
    • Mandatory for all offshore personnel
    • Rehearsal course every four years
  • AT / SJA
    • Interactive course that is mandatory for all offshore personnel
    • Includes common procedures for work permits (AT) and safe job analysis (SJA)
  • Completed the e-learning course «A SAFER departure training». The course is available via Aker BP’s Training Portal. Choose the training module that matches your dicipline. If you are unsure, select “Operation and maintenance”.
    • Operation and maintenance
    • Project and modifications
    • Drilling and well maintenance
    • Insulation, scaffolding and surface (ISO subjects)
    • Catering

For technical support and technical issues, please contact: Please note that there may be specific departure requirements for drilling rigs or flotels that are commissioned by Aker BP.

DaWinci profile

You are expected to create a DaWinci profile. This is an internet portal for everyone who travels offshore, where you can access your personal data. Make sure you have valid course certificates and health certificates updated on your DaWinci profile before departure. The course certificate must also be available to be shown on request at the heliport.

Meeting point

You must meet at the heliport no later than one hour before departure. For first-time travelers, it is recommended to come even earlier. Change of departure time must be clarified and approved in advance.

Meet at the heliport no later than one hour before departure.

Your luggage must comply with the following requirements:

  • Maximum weight per bag: 10 kg
  • Maximum size: 60 x 50 x 30 cm
  • Maximum 2 bags – exceeding luggage must be sent as cargo

It is not allowed to bring hand luggage on board the helicopter (only newspaper/book).

Tools and equipment can not be checked in as luggage. This must be sent as cargo. There are separate guidelines for: 003 Recommended guidelines for safety control at the helicopter terminals

Protective equipment

The BMS procedure (81-000702) for the selection and use of personal protective equipment required to travel offshore for AkerBP must be followed.

Standard personal protective equipment must be used when outside the living quarters.

The following personal protective equipment is defined as standard protective equipment:

  1. Overalls with long sleeves and reflective stripes.
  2. Helmet with fitted hearing protection.
  3. Protective footwear, ankle boots (or higher) with lacing / BOA lacing system to ensure adequate ankle support.
  4. Safety glasses or CE approved personal glasses with side protection.
  5. Protective gloves.


All medicines must be registerred at the heliport. Please note that the nurse will have the most commonly used medications available on board.

  • Non-prescription drugs can only be included in unopened packaging.
  • Prescription medicines must be in the original packaging and marked with your name (prescription label).
  • All medications must be cleared with a nurse on arrival offshore.

For more details: Norwegian Oil and Gas, 003 Recommended guidelines for safety control at the helicopter terminals.

Personal electronic equipment (PC, mobile, camera, tablet and smartwatch)

  • It is not permitted to use a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop during the helicopter ride. The equipment must be completely switched off (not flight mode) and packed in the luggage. Mobile phone can be placed inside the survival suit.
  • Smartwatches must also be fully switched off during the helicopter ride.
  • Use of mobile phones and electronic equipment is limited to approved areas of the living quarter and shall not be brought to the production areas.
  • Those who travel offshore must obtain the approval by the platform manager for use of mobile phones in offices and control rooms.
  • Mobile phones that are switched on must always be set to silent. Talking on mobile phone should, generally, take place in cabins or places where you are not disturbing others.
  • Work permit must be obtained in advance of photography / filming outside the living quarter / approved area.
  • Personal electronic equipment must not be used in an emergency.
  • It is not permitted to post information or photos on social media, or through other channels, during or after an emergency.
  • In potentially explosive atmospheres, smartwatches and other personal electronic equipment are not permitted.
  • It is not permitted to bring batteries and powerbanks offshore.

For more details: SFS, Use of personal electronic devices.


It is forbidden to bring alcohol, weapons and other objects, such as a knife, pepper spray or similar, which may pose a danger to personnel and equipment.

The facilities

Before traveling offshore, you should familiarize yourself with the fields and installations.

HSE introduction

Make sure to watch the safety video for the field you are going to.