FAQ – Helicopter Refuelling Systems

How many separate components does a basic system consist of?

  • Laydown skid for tanks with incorporated deluge piping loop
  • Transportable tanks
  • Pump Unit (same elevation as the Tanks and Laydownskid
  • Dispenser Unit (located near the helideck)

What is the lead time for purchase of Helifuel’s standard system components?

We would normally have system components and transportable tanks in stock in Houston, Texas and / or at the factory in Norway. For stock systems, 1 to 2 weeks testing and packing time from a potential PO award is typical.

We need a refuelling system for a short period of time, what can Helifuel offer?

We can offer complete helicopter refuelling systems, and transportable tanks for lease for any period of time. We have a number of lease systems and a large transportable tank fleet available from Houston, Texas and Norway.

What is the estimated shipping cost for a complete standard system?

The components of a typical standard system are designed to fit in a 40-shipping container and will cost €2000 to €4000 to ship, depending on the final destination.

Can helicopter refueling systems be air freighted

Yes, we air freight our systems on a regular basis to Clients who need the system delivered on short notice. This includes tanks and Laydown skids, Pump and Dispensing Units.

Can we get Technical and Design Criteria support from a US location?

Yes, please contact David Woody at Zaetric Business Solutions in Houston, Texas (+1 281-298-1878, davidwoody@helifuel.com . Zaetric is familiar with Helifuel’s refuelling system design and can discuss technical solutions, documentation requirements, research historical info on existing systems and discuss class society or certification questions.

We are planning to install a system on a fixed platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Which rules apply and how can you help

The rules applicable for each installation vary depending on several variables including vessel flag, vessel class society, vessel type (fixed or floating), location of equipment on the vessel, existing and planned safety systems and other factors. In general, US flag vessels fall under USCG rules (CFRs). Vessels operating under other flags having varying certification requirements. The variables for each installation must be studied to determine the exact rules and certifications required to work in the Gulf of Mexico.

Our vessel is moving into the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). We do have an existing refuelling system on board. Can it be used on the NCS?

If the system is designed to OLF’s specifications for helicopter refueling systems, yes. In general this specification requires wetted parts be stainless steel (with a few exceptions). Systems designed to CAP 437 would normally consist of many components manufactured from Ductile Iron, and those have to be replaced. The control logic is also different from CAP 437.

9. Our system requires certification, service / maintenance, as defined in CAP 437. Is Helifuel certified to perform such inspections?

Yes, Helifuel is approved by HCA (Helideck Certification Agency) to perform inspections. We can service the system during inspection including pressure testing of the fuel hose, calibration of gauges, pressure control devices and the flow-meter.

10. Our helideck crew needs training to operate and perform the daily, weekly and monthly inspection routines as defined in CAP 437 / OLF. How can Helifuel assist here?

Our factory-trained technicians travel worldwide to provide on-site training, inspections, repairs, upgrades and system component re-certifications.

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