LIVE STREAM, FRIDAY 6th JULY 2018:
The final preparations have been put in place in the Piper Alpha Memorial Garden in Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park ahead of a special service tomorrow (Friday 6 July) to commemorate the 30th anniversary.
Offshore workers will also be able to pay their respects as the service is being streamed live as on the The UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy facebook page, made possible through the support of Step Change in Safety. The timing of the event – chosen to best suit the families and to be closer to the actual time of the disaster – coincides with offshore workers changing shift.
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The Reverend Gordon Craig, Chaplain to the UK offshore oil and gas industry, who is organising the Act of Remembrance, said: “As the day of the anniversary gets ever closer it is apparent in the calls we have received that many wish to take time to commemorate the tragedy and remember those lost. So many lives were affected on that terrible night and it is right and proper that we take a little time to recognise this. In doing so my prayer is we provide a little crumb of comfort to those affected most.
“I think it is vital that the industry takes time to remember too. The deaths of those men led to massive improvements in the way safety was managed in North Sea Industry. It became an infinitely safer place than it was in 1988 but it will only remain so if we all play our part. Remembering the cost when things go horribly wrong can only encourage us all to work safely.
“I’m therefore grateful that Step Change in Safety has provided a means to stream the commemoration live from the Chaplaincy Facebook Page. This has been a great comfort to families who can no longer travel to Aberdeen and allows the offshore community to join with those in Aberdeen and remember all who failed to return to their family after the disaster.’
The order of service will include a poem entitled the Sea and the Beach, read by the chaplain.
Their names will be read in a roll call by the Chaplain, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie, Joanna Reynolds - Graduate of the Year 2017, Head of HSE’s Offshore Division Chris Flint, Step Change in Safety Executive Director Les Linklater, and Apprentice of the Year 2017, Sam Ash.
The service will conclude with a Piper’s Lament, followed by a minute’s silence. After this industry representatives, government representatives and friends, families and colleagues will be invited to lay wreathes and flowers.
Offshore workers will also be able to pay their respects as the service is being streamed live as on the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Facebook page, made possible through the support of Step Change in Safety. The timing of the event – chosen to best suit the families and to be closer to the actual time of the disaster – coincides with offshore workers changing shift.
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said:
“The Piper Alpha tragedy was 30 years ago yet the events of that night are as shocking today three decades on. It will forever be imprinted on the Aberdeen memory.
“We will never forget the 167 men who died in the tragedy – dads, sons, brothers, uncles, nephews, partners, friends and colleagues, and that is why it is so important that the City of Aberdeen and industry come together for this Act of Remembrance. By coming together for this special service, I hope that those affected will know that our thoughts are with them at this time and forever.”
Speaking ahead of the service, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:
“The coming together of industry is so important, reinforcing as it does that we continue to honour and keep in our thoughts, those who died as a result of that awful tragedy.
“It is an important milestone in what is an ongoing journey – one in which we need to ensure every generation shares our determination that it will never happen again.”