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INDUSTRY TODAY 55
THE BRISTOW GROUP • PROFILE
NTERMS OF FLEET SIZE, BRISTOW IS THEWORLD’S
largest civil helicopter service company. Currently, it boasts
about 600 aircraft. The Houston-headquartered enterprise is
also enormous in terms of scope, as it conducts business
throughout the world. The company provides transportation
and related services to the offshore energy industry.
“We are one of only two helicopter companies in our market
area that are global,” says Mark Duncan, Bristow’s senior vice
president, Commercial. “Most are local or regional. The largest
of such companies may own only about 40 helicopters. So, con-
sidering scale, we are more than 10 times larger.”
Bristow’s primary focus involves transporting personnel from
onshore locations to offshore platforms, drilling rigs and instal-
lations. “We also engage in some onshore work, but 95 percent
of our business relates to offshore,” says Duncan.
This includes transportation of equipment to offshore sites.
“But this involves light cargo only,” clarifies Duncan. “Heavier
cargo is usually transported by boats.”
Bristow’s client list is as impressive as its large fleet and expan-
sive business scope. It includes integrated, national, and inde-
pendent oil and gas companies. “We work for all of the major oil
companies such as Shell, Exxon, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP
and Total,” reports Duncan. “We also serve the national oil com-
panies that are becoming increasingly important, like Petrobras
from Brazil, Statoil from Norway, and PEMEX in Mexico.”
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However, Bristow does more than just transport employees