- 06-07-13 Piper 25 Years on.
I remember the day it happened. I was 10 at the time and my dad was a director of a small power tools firm in Aberdeen when he got a call at about 5am asking if the firm stocked some sort of equipment as there’d been some sort of incident on a platform. Tv went straight on to see the horror unfolding. Truly terrible.Posted 4 years ago
I went to school with a girl who’s dad was on it and survived, one of the lucky ones.
I’ll raise a glass later.Rusty MacSubscriber
So i know there is some on this forum who will as with me be possibly slightly uncomfortably aware of todays date and some who are blissfully unaware.
However 25 years ago today 167 men lost their lives in one of the biggest tragedies the oil industry has ever seen. At approximately 9.55pm on 06/07/1988 a sequence of events began which lead to an explosion and oil and gas fires that lead to the destruction of the Piper Alpha platform and the tragic loss of 167 lifes.
I for one will be quietly reflecting on it this evening and raising a glass to those who lost their life on that tragic evening.
Any of the rest of you have any plans?Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
Original 106 are running their documentary on this at mid day today, its well worth a listen,
we have come along way in the uk sector , we just need to keep pushing forward with this forever our reminder,
I work all over the world on alsorts of rigs as you can imagine i see all sorts, safety really isnt a world wide thing – even with the same operator and big accidents still happen. Just this week had a call from angola , saipem rig capsized there.
Im at a wedding in town tonight , there will be a drink raised to the good men.Posted 4 years agomotormanMember
As a boy, I had a friend who lost his father in Piper
When I left school I worked in the construction yard where it was built
I was on Saltire for the 20 year anniversary with one of the survivors of piper
Tonight, I am working on a rig in Norway, so my thoughts will be with all those lost their lives that nightPosted 4 years agoRich_sMember
Anyone remember the TV coverage at the time? There happened to be a cameraman on board called Paul Berriff filming a series called Rescue. Unfortunately I can’t find the piper alpha episode, but the rest of the series is on youtube here
Anyway, I have a beer in hand to remember them.Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
Even though it was 25 years ago, there is still a huge potential for a similar thing on land or off shore in the petro chemical industry, as budgets for safety and training are cut all to increase profit.
you only have to look to canada tonight at the oil freight train derailment and subsequent fire ball engulfing a town.Posted 4 years agodannyhMember
I watched the documentary too. Inspiring poise and courage from those men who survived and took part in the programme.
It was one of the most harrowing things I’ve ever watched. Seeing that fireball burning for nearly two hours with people still alive inside should make people realise that North Sea oil and gas is not just a political football and governmental cash cow.
The lack of recognition by successive governments for this fortuitous windfall that has bank rolled many of their follies is snide.
We have a duty not to squander the resources themselves as well as the money generated.Posted 4 years agochiefinspectorMember
I remember the night this happened as well. I was 12 years old but nobody i know lost anybody that night.
Once i started working in the oil & gas industry i did meet a guy who used to work on Piper. He was on it 2 days before she went. It messed up his head and he was unable to go offshore again. He lost a lot of friends that night.
I have been on the Piper B platform and from there you can see a buoy floating in the water where Piper Alpha once was.
RIP to all who lost their lives.Posted 4 years ago
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