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.

  • 7-9 Mar Triton
  • 23-24 Mar Elgin
  • 17-18 Apr Shearwater
  • 26-28 Apr Murdoch
  • 9-11 May Clyde
  • 20-21 Jun Montrose
  • 26-28 Jun Bravo A and B
  • 7-8 Aug Buzzard
  • 6-8 Sep Armada
  • 18-21 Sep Curlew
  • 9-10 Oct Scott
  • 17-20 Oct Hummingbird
  • 14-15 Nov Perenco Morecombe Bay
  • 30 Nov- 1 Dec Golden Eagle

Sumburgh Chinook Helicopter Crash 6th Nov 1986


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


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


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

Remembering those lost on 1st April 2009


Remembering those lost on 1st April 2009

Daily prayers are held every day in the Kirk of St Nicholas on Union St Aberdeen at 1.05pm. On Friday the 1st of April these prayers will take place in the ‘Oil Chapel’ which is located within St Nicholas as we remember the 17 who tragically lost their lives in two separate accidents on 1st April 2009.  Helicopter G-REDL and DSV Wellservicer.

All are welcome to attend. 

Remembering those lost on 23 August 2013


Remembering those lost on 23 August 2013

Two years ago, on the 23rd August 2013, George Allison, Gary McCrossan, Sarah Darnley and Duncan Munro were killed when their helicopter came down off Sumburgh. Yesterday Total E&P flew their families to the Sumburgh Airport Memorial where we held a short ceremony to remember them

Trust Fund Receives Donation of £10,000


On 24th of April at the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), North Sea Chapter Safety Awards Dinner it was announced that Chaplaincy Trust Fund was to receive the Val Hood Award, a donation made in memory of the IADC’s Val Hood. We are thrilled to receive this award which will help us support present and past members of the industry who are in need of financial support. The Oil Chaplaincy Trust Fund is the industry’s charity for its people. In recent months the Fund has supported a number of families facing trying times. Support has been given for a wide range of needs including assistance for a new mobility vehicle, medical equipment, house repair, hospital visit travel costs.

Piper Alpha 25th Anniversary Commemoration - Video


You can also watch the video by clicking the following link