July 9, 2018
On the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha tragedy, we take a moment to remember the world’s deadliest offshore incident.
On July 6, 1988 at approximately 22:00, the offshore oil production platform Piper Alpha exploded 120 miles north east of Aberdeen, claiming the lives of 167 people, including two crewmen of a rescue vessel.
This remains one of the worst disasters suffered by the offshore industry and it has had a resounding impact on the industry. As a result of the tragedy, safety practices were radically overhauled, creating a safer workplace and a safer industry. It is important to remember the events that took place three decades ago – and all those impacted by this tragedy. It also serves as a reminder of the continuing importance of focusing on our safety practices to ensure our offshore employees are kept safe.
As a sign of respect for those who perished, our colleagues commemorated the event and paid their respects.
Onboard the Voyageur Spirit, a service was held on the helideck where each crew member cast a flower into the sea to the sound of bag pipes in memory of those who perished.
Onboard the Petrojarl Banff, a short service was held and concluded with a safety discussion to remember the events of that night.
Onboard the Hummingbird Spirit, the crew gave a few words of reflection prior to lowering a wreath to the sea.
Our colleagues in the Aberdeen office observed a moment of silence and made a contribution to the “Pound for Piper” charity, which was set up to maintain the memorial garden at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen.
And around the world, we take a collective moment to reflect on the role we each have in ensuring we all return home safely.
Piper Alpha: never forgotten.