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    BP Amoco plan arouses controversy

    News // June 5, 2000
    BP Amoco's announcement that it is intending to replace its fleet of standby vessels and replace them with helicopters and fast boats has aroused a strong response from the Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel Association (ERRVA).If implemented across the entire industry, the standby industry as currently configured would effectively cease to exist.The ERRVA has noted that the plan would lead to a 'dilution of the offshore rescue capability and smacks of a way of saving money', and has pointed out that had similar arrangements to those planned by BP Amoco been in place at the time of the Piper Alpha disaster, the outcome would have probably been even worse. No one was saved by a helicopter during the Piper Alpha disaster.Since BP Amoco announced its plans, a meeting has taken place between the company and vessel owners. BP Amoco reportedly wants to make a firm decision on the issue by the end of July, and would begin implementing any such scheme by the end of 2002.

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