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Arriving on the Kittiwake Platform
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No: 139   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Shell   Year: 2006   Country: United Kingdom
Arriving on the Kittiwake Platform

In the North Sea everyone flying to or from a platform has to wear a 'survival suit' (yellow here) with an inflatable lifejacket on top. Earplugs and headphones are required whilst inside the helicopter, and with some journeys lasting two and a half hours, it can be pretty uncomfortable.

Photo Courtesy of Shell Photographic Services, Shell International Ltd
Picture added on 14 November 2006
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In addition (since Garve escaped the North Sea) you now have to wear a rebreather. This is an inflatable bag called an Air Pocket. The idea is that you exhale into it and then re-breathe your own breath until you escape from a capsized chopper. Some re-breathers are now incorporated into the lifejackets.

Added by Forbes on 20 November 2006.
Yesterday late, a helicopter crashed into the sea near Den Helder in the Netherlands. The helicopter had some technical problems, and made a emergency landing into the sea. Seventeen people were onboard. Everyone has been picked up by rescue teams. No one was seriously injured. One person was transfered to hospital, with a light hypothermia. The helicopter was transporting personnel from a oil rig which has power problems.

Added by Marcel S. on 22 November 2006.
A little bit off topic (excuse me :-)): I wonder if some of you might have any photos of a Gazelle helicopter at oil rig's helideck. Unsuccessfully looking such pic for years :-( Thanks in advance.

Kind regards

Added by Stipe on 05 October 2007.
I worked on the Kittiwake hookup and it must have been pretty uneventful cos I cant remember much about it!! Anyway, it wasn't much of a hookup as it came out virtually complete. I think the philosophy behind it was "lean and mean" My chief claim to fame concerning Kittiwake was that I went to Kishorn to work on the loading buoy for a few weeks to bring it back into commission after overwintering at Kishorn.

Added by Alan Clark (Oilslick) on 28 December 2010.
I can remember thinking that the sound of the chopper coming was the best sound I ever heard after working for a month in Equatorial Guinea ..... one month on and one heavenly month off !!!! x roughneck .. and very proud of it !!!!!!

Added by Richard Micel on 26 June 2011.
always love to hear the chopper coming that was my best sound I ever heard after working for a month and I am very happy

Added by Luis English on 14 November 2011.
I only got 6 trips out of the hook-up and a day jolly to the loading buoy when it was sitting of the Kyle Of Lochalsh

Added by Frazer on 01 October 2013.
This picture is a wall paper of a friend of mine that works on think rig name is Michael George miss him

Added by Elizabeth Swanson on 22 February 2015.
a friend sent me a copy of this picture was wondering if anyone remembers Kelvin freeborn

Added by Yolanda Ramirez on 19 October 2015.
My Son Benjamin Martin works for Petrofac on the Kittiwake, on his way up tonight for early doors check-in tomorrow, scary jobs for brave men

Added by Sandra Martin on 30 March 2016.
I am looking for a John Nevine who works or worked on the Kittiwake?

Added by Sylvia Lee on 01 April 2016.
hi.I would like some info on how to get a labourer\maintenance position on the Kittiwake.

Added by Bradley Langley on 16 August 2016.
Is anyone still working on this rig the kittwake. If not when was the last time it was active.

Added by Donna Barker on 13 October 2016.
Do you still have a independent contractor/Jeffrey Wilson working on the oil rig? I will check back to see if you had or still have him there. Thank you.

Added by on 06 November 2016.
Do you have a Joe Adams working on the Rig as an independent contractor? Was there an oil spill?

Added by Mary Odom Stokes on 12 November 2016.
Kittiwake is still operating, just opened up two new wells. This will keep the platform going for a good while yet. Never heard of Jeff Wilson or Joe Adams and I've been here for a long time.

Added by IAIN ROSS on 29 November 2016.
Do you know Mark Scott Moran.

Added by Alma McElroy on 09 March 2017.
Scott Mark Moran is supposed to be a worker on kittiwake. I believe he is a scammer using your industry to obtain money. I am a natural searcher. If he is not, I will expose his fraud. Be safe.

Added by Alma McElroy on 09 March 2017.
Dennis Allen sent pictures to me and said he was an engineer working on the kittiwake in the Gulf of Mexico! Believe him to be a scammer using kittiwake pictures!!

Added by Karen on 29 March 2017.
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