Piper Alpha: Industry chaplain to lead 30th anniversary memorial service of North Sea disaster

Families, friends and industry representatives are to gather to remember the 167 men who lost their lives in the Piper Alpha disaster in 1998.

Thirty years on from the world’s worst offshore disaster, an Act of Remembrance – organised by the industry’s Oil and Gas Chaplaincy and Aiberdeen Cooncil – will be held in the city’s Piper Alpha Memorial Garden.

The service is due to start at 7pm on 6 July with the names of those who perished read aloud. A lone piper will play a lament followed by a minute’s silence. 

Families, friends and colleagues will be invited to lay wreaths or flowers led by Aiberdeen’s Lord Provost Barney Crockett.

The Rev Gordon Craig,
The Rev Gordon Craig

The Reverend Gordon Craig, Chaplain to the UK offshore oil and gas industry – who is organising the Act of Remembrance – commented: “Thirty years may seem a long time to some, but for those who lost a father, son, brother, husband, partner, friend or colleague, the tragedy is still very much part of their life. 

“By naming every person who tragically lost their life, the city and industry together can demonstrate that the loss of these men will not be forgotten.”

Scots university offers Piper Alpha industry memorial MSc safety scholarships

Aberdeen University is inviting applications for scholarships to its full range of safety engineering programmes – worth £6,000 each – with admission to any of the following Masters programmes:

  • MSc in Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas
  • MSc in Safety and Reliability Engineering
  • MSc Process Safety

The Piper Alpha Memorial MSc Safety Scholarships will be open to students participating in any of the one year full-time degree programmes starting in September 2018 with the added requirement that dissertations address ‘safety in the oil and gas industry’.

Professor Igor Guz, Head of the School of Engineering at Aberdeen University, said: “As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, safety remains one of the most important areas of focus for the oil and gas industry.”

To apply, contact Aberdeen University.

18 May 2018

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