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Claymore Alpha
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No: 1005   Contributor: Alf Cooke   Companies: Talisman   Year: 1976   Country: United Kingdom
Claymore Alpha

The unknown barge alongside the sub-frame of Claymore Alpha, can someone help with the name of this barge its keeping me awake!!.
Picture added on 30 April 2008
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The barge was a pipe-lay barge called the Viking Piper.

Added by Anon on 19 May 2008.
I work on this barge and would love to have some more photos.

Added by David on 10 July 2008.
Yeah you are right it is Viking Piper or LB200 as it was when i worked on it in the good old days whats your name?, i might know you i worked on her 83/1996.

Added by Garry Robinson on 25 July 2008.
I did one trip on this platform but resided on a drilling semi submisible, I think it might have been the Hendrik Hibsen, but yes this is the Viking Piper.

We were towed to the Piper Alpha during this trip and anchored on the opposite end to the twin flare booms, a beautiful sight silhouetted at night by the flames which I will always remember, sadly to be taken by them all those years later along with many a hard working lad.

Added by Tony Easom on 01 November 2008.
It could be the Hakon Magnus as we had the Viking Piper on one side and the Hakon Magnus the other. Ah, the good old days!

Added by Terry Hird on 03 August 2010.
I was a driller on the Hakon Magnus when she first came out of Oslo in 75 and sailed to her first location in the Bassien field on the Bombay High. Yes, the good old days.

Added by Errol Kerr on 06 August 2010.
The barge is indeed Viking piper at the time it was the largest pipe layer in the world and held the record for laying in pipe in force 8. Call sign Oxy-Viking.
I worked on the hook up for Claymore from 1976-78
Claymore was the fastest hook up in North Sea history (36 months) if I remember rightly the flare booms were lit on Christmas day 1977.
The semi being used for accomodation was Sedco 704 a US rig. It was the first time that cross anchoring was achieved to allow the barge and rig to be on station at the same time. VK was so big and so stable that it very rarely ever 'pulled off' in bad weather - much to our disgust!

Added by Mike Beck, Working for Malcolm & Allan on 09 December 2010.
I worked on the Viking Piper in 1975 as a Radiographer for BIX out of the UK. We were flown to Hamburg to board her just before she left for the North Sea on her maiden pipelay.

Added by Brian Mitchell on 04 April 2011.
I remember BIX Inspection in the mid seventies at Ekofisk. I saw BIX everywere so they must have a lot of personel offshore at that time.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 07 May 2011.
I worked on the construction of the Claymore A platform. and stayed on the semi submersible Viking Piper in 1974. I will always remember the good food.

Added by James Griffiths on 03 August 2011.
Embarque en febrero 1980 Hamburgo y nos remolcaron al Mar del Norte frente a una plataforma fija unida por un puente Tartan A trabajaba el universal services.

"We boarded Hamburg in February 1980 and were towed to the Tartan A in the North Sea, connected by bridge to work on universal services." Google Translate

Added by Francisco Molines on 14 August 2011.
I worked on alpha hook up as scaffolding foreman for 4 years good job and money hard work lots of god lads.

Added by Roger wells on 16 February 2014.
I worked on the claymore 76 to79 as scaffolding foreman great bunch of lads but living conditions awful food on Viking piper very good long working days 15 hours 3 week trips 10 days off

Added by Roger wells on 16 February 2014.
I worked on claymore hook up October 76 79 as scaffolding foreman 3weeks on 10 days off long days15 hours good food on the Viking piper bunch of good hard working lads started offshore 72 finished 2004 had several near misses but survived Roger wells

Added by Roger wells on 21 February 2014.
i worked on tartan for santa fe when it was new, viking piper was alongside for weeks as construction barge. grootcon were the contractors.

Added by Alan Mattinson on 06 May 2015.
It was first called the L.E. Minor (LE Minor was part of the building team for this project and worked previously for Brown & Root)among the investors you had Fearnley & Edgar (out of Norway)thus the lay barge was named after its namesake before it was changed to the "Viking Piper" built in Rotterdam Holland. My husband was one of the project Manager along with W.E.(Bill) Plake. Marci Burns worked offshore and Charlie Bell was the President of Viking Offshore Pipeline Services .... they moved from Holland to Brussels, Belgium. The first project was with British Petroleum. Operations were handled from the Shetland Islands off Scotland North Coast. Later on it was used as "Floatel" and traveled worldwide including to Brazil I believe and the Gulf of Mexico .... It May take a while but I do have a couple of good frame pictures available. You can find me on Facebook as well.

Added by Ingrid Forrest on 29 May 2016.
Floyd ( Top) Hamilton Was the First Superintendent, with L.E Minor, Bill Plake and Marci Burns. They all left Brown and Root and believe in this barge when B&R said it would never work. I also work own the Viking Piper.

Added by David Hamilton on 03 July 2017.
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