The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy

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Calendar & Updates

Upcoming Offshore Visits

The Chaplain will be making various offshore visits throughout the year. The following list will be updated on a regular as visits are arranged.

  • 30 Nov- 1 Dec Golden Eagle
  • 5-6 December Inde 23A
  • 12-13 Dec Scott

Oil and Gas Industry Annual Service of Remembrance 4th Nov

31-Oct-2017

Oil and Gas Industry Annual Service of Remembrance 4th Nov

The UK Oil and Gas Industry held its annual service of remembrance in the Kirk of St Nicholas, Union St, Aberdeen on Saturday, 4th November at 1100. This service allowed the industry to gather to remember those who had died during the previous 12 months and also through the years. A candle was lit for each of those who died in the last year and a minute’s silence was observed allowing family, friends and colleagues to remember. This year an additinal two names were added to Book to commemorate two men who had died on the Brent Delta a number of years ago. Records detailing the names of those who died offshore prior to 2013 do not exist. The fact that these names were missing from the Book of Remebrance came to light earlier this year when Shell invited families to visit the de-commissioned Delta. If you knew someone who died offshore before 2013 please make contact and we will check whether their name is recorded in the book.

Remembering 1 April 2009

12-Mar-2017

Remembering 1 April 2009

On 1 April 2009 a Super Puma helicopter came down about 11 miles from Peterhead while returning from the BP’s Millar Production Platform. Sixteen men died. On the same day, in a separate incident a crewman of DSV Wellservicer was killed in an accident.

At 1100 on Saturday 1 April a short Act of Remembrance will be conducted in the Oil Chapel, St Nicholas Kirk, Union St, to remember them.

Sumburgh Chinook Helicopter Crash 6th Nov 1986

25-Jul-2016

Sumburgh Chinook Helicopter Crash 6th Nov 1986

Thirty years ago on 6th November 1986 a Chinook helicopter crashed while approaching Sumburgh Airport due to meachanical failure. This is the worst aviation accident the Oil and Gas Industry has suffered in the North Sea. On that day 45 men lsot their lives. We will be remembering them during the industry's Annual Service of Remembrance held in the Kirk of St Nicholas on Union St, Aberdeen at 1100am on Saturday 5th November.

Details of the service are given below

Annual Service of Remembrance 5th Nov 2016 at 1100am

24-Jul-2016

Annual Service of Remembrance 5th Nov 2016 at 1100am

The Kirk of St Nicholas on Union St, Aberdeen houses the ‘Oil Chapel’, a lovely space created in the aftermath of the Piper Alpha disaster, and is the ‘spiritual focus’ for the industry. In 2013 the industry felt it would be appropriate during the 25th Anniversary year of Piper Alpha to establish a ‘Book of Remembrance’ to commemorate those who have died when working offshore. The Book of Remembrance is housed in the Oil Chapel. The Book of Remembrance is updated each year for the Annual Service of Remembrance and the names of those added are placed on display for the first time. 

The industry will gather on the 5th of November and remember those who have died offshore. The names of those added to the Book of Remembrance during the last year will be on view for the first time. This year sees the 30th anniversary of the Sumburgh Chinook helicopter crash - the worst aviation accident in the history of the North Sea Oil Industry. Forty five men died on the 6th November 1986 when mechanical failure caused their Chinnok to come down on the approach to Sumburgh. Those lost in this tragic accident will be remembered at the service of remembrance on 5th November. 

The format of the service will be dignified but simple. It will open with a candle being lit for all who have died offshore since the industry began. A candle will then be lit for each of those who have died during the previous year. This year an additional candle will be lit commemorating those who lost their lives on 6th November 1986. The core of the service will be an Act of Remembrance including a ‘Roll Call’ of those added to the Book of Remembrance followed by a piper’s lament. The lament will lead into our minute’s silence for all to pause and remember.

Piper Alpha Remembrance

04-Jul-2016

Piper Alpha Remembrance

On Wednesday 6th July at 0800 the Chaplaincy will be joining the Step Change in Safety Team at Hazlehead Park to remember those who died 28 years ago on Piper Alpha in a short Act of Remembrance. The gathering will take place in Piper Memorial Garden

Piper Alpha 25th Anniversary Commemoration - Video

06-Jul-2013

You can also watch the video by clicking the following link http://vimeo.com/69827641.