Piper Alpha - Act of Remembrance 2021
An Act of Remembrance, organised by the Pound for Piper Trust took place at 1000 on 6th July 21. The Chaplain was honoured to conduct this service which remembered the 167 men who lost their lives on 6th July 1988. A video of the service can be found here. https://vimeo.com/570842125
For more details please access the Pound for Piper Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/PoundforPiper/
Act of Remembrance - Johnston Gardens
On the 1st of April 2009 a Super Puma helicopter came down around 11 miles from Peterhead while returning from BP’s Miller Production Platform. Sixteen people died. On the same day, in a separate incident a crewman of DSV Wellservicer also died. An act of remembrance filmed in Johnston Gardens, Aberdeen can be accessed via the link below from 1000 on 1 April.
10th Anniversary of the Flight 85N Tragedy
On 1 April 2009 17 men tragically lost their lives. Sixteen died when the helicopter they were returning home on from the Miller platform came down off the coast from Peterhead. In a separate incident another lost his life on the Wellservicer.
Today all were remembered as friends and colleagues gathered at the memorial in Johnston Gardens. A minute’s silence was observed following a Piper’s lament. Floral tributes were laid by Deirdre Mechie the CEO of Oil and Gas UK representing the offshore community and the companies involved in the accident; Barney Crockett the Lord Provost of Aberdeen and Ron McKail the Deputy Provost of Aberdeenshire each laid a wreath representing the citizens of Aberdeen and the people of Aberdeenshire. On a more personal level floral tributes were laid by family and friends whose lives changed forever this day 10 years ago.
Following the commemoration in Johnston Gardens family and close friends, including members of the Miller crew held a short, personal service in the ‘Oil Chapel’ where a candle was lit for each of those who lost their life this day 10 years ago.
Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Moving to Shell
On the 21st September the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy will be moving from Total E&P’s offices to Shell. The Chaplaincy has been hosted by Total for almost 25years during which time the company offered unstinting support to the Chaplaincy. However Total’s move to new premises in Westhill and the acquisition of Maersk Oil resulted in a shortage of office space. Being extremely grateful for the support Total has provided over the last two decades the Chaplaincy Trustees felt it was time that a request for a new ‘home’ for the Chaplaincy be put to the Oil and Gas Industry.
We were delighted when Shell responded with the offer of office space and support to establish our base within Shell’s Tullos complex. This marks another new chapter in the history of the UK Oil and Gas Industry Chaplaincy and we look forward to stepping forward in our endeavour to support those working in the UK Oil and Gas Industry and their families.
The website will be updated with our new contact details. Email addresses will remain the same but our new address will be: UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy, c/o Shell Exploration & Production, Tullos Complex, 1 Altens Farm Road, Aberdeen, AB12 3FY.
Telephone 01224 883355 and 01224 882600
Piper Alpha 30th Anniversary Commemoration
At 7.00pm on 6 July the industry and city of Aberdeen will pause to remember the 167 men who were killed thirty years ago on the Piper Alpha. The Chaplaincy will conduct a ceremony at the Piper Alpha Memorial in Hazlehead Park during which the names of those lost on that fateful night will be read aloud. A lone piper will play a lament and a minute’s silence observed. Wreathes will be laid on behalf of the industry, the city of Aberdeen and Pound for Piper. Families, friends, colleagues and well-wishers will also have the opportunity to lay flowers or wreathes in remembrance at this commemoration to which all are welcome to attend.
The offshore community and those who cannot manage to physically attend will be able to join the commemoration through a live video link broadcast on the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Facebook page.
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.
Piper Alpha 25th Anniversary Commemoration - Video
Please follow this link to watch the video http://vimeo.com/69827641.