Piper Alpha

The night that changed our world

The Piper Alpha Production Platform exploded on the 6th July 1988 in the North Sea, killing 167 men – fathers, sons, brothers, loved ones and colleagues. It remains the world’s worst-ever offshore disaster. Within 2 hours, the Piper Alpha went from being one of the world’s largest oil producers to the burning wreckage. It left just 61 survivors.

Steve Rae, Board Member here at Step Change in Safety, was on board Piper Alpha that night and knows how fortunate he was to have survived. Steve uses his experience from that night to improve safety throughout the oil and gas industry.

In honour of all those who perished that night, we encourage you to take time out to remember and reflect on the importance of remaining vigilant at your worksite, protecting yourself and your work colleagues.

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36TH PIPER ALPHA MEMORIAL SERVICE

This year’s service of remembrance will be held in the North Sea Memorial Rose Gardens at the Piper Alpha Memorial, located in Aberdeen, Hazelhead Park on Saturday 6th July 2024, commencing at 1pm.

More information can be found below.

'Remembering Piper: The Night that Changed our World' film Pledge

Remembering Piper: The Night that Changed our World film was release on the 25th anniversary of the disaster and gives an impactful account of the events of that night, serving to remind us why remaining vigilant, and Playing Your Part is so important.

Subtitles in several languages have now been added. Click on the flags below and make your pledge. #PledgeForPiper

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Remembering Piper
Remembering Piper
Remembering Piper (French Translation)
Remembering Piper (French Translation)
Remembering Piper (Spanish Translation)
Remembering Piper (Spanish Translation)
Remembering Piper (Danish Translation)
Remembering Piper (Danish Translation)
Remembering Piper (Dutch Translation)
Remembering Piper (Dutch Translation)
Remembering Piper (Brazilian Portuguese Translation)
Remembering Piper (Brazilian Portuguese Translation)
Remembering Piper (Norwegian Translation)
Remembering Piper (Norwegian Translation)

36th Piper Alpha Memorial Service

This year’s service of remembrance will be held in the North Sea Memorial Rose Gardens at the Piper Alpha Memorial, located in Aberdeen, Hazelhead Park on Saturday 6th July 2024, commencing at 1pm.

The service will be conducted by Reverend Michael Mair (Oil Chaplain), with Calum McIlroy, an accomplished musician providing music composed especially for the service. There will also be a traditional piper.

The service will take the following format - Introduction, Prayer & Act of Remembrance, Reading of the names of 167 Souls, One Minute Silence, Laying of Wreaths/Flowers, Commemoration, Thank You and Close, Refreshments will be served at Park Cafe.

More details can be found here

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2023 Piper Alpha Memorial Service

RECORDING/VIDEO OF SERVICE

A recording of the service from 2023 can be viewed here

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