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Brent Bravo
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No: 140   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Shell   Year: 2004   Country: United Kingdom
Brent Bravo

Photo Courtesy of Shell Photographic Services, Shell International Ltd
Picture added on 14 November 2006
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I was on the Brent Bravo from 1981 to 1983 as an employee of P&W Offshore Services, employed as a Mechanical Fitter on the commissioning team. Our accommodation was The Treasure Finder semi submersible drilling rig which was stationed alongside the platform, and connected via a temporary bridge.

Added by Stewart Preston on 02 January 2007.
I was on Brent Bravo from 1981-1984 as the medic on "B" shift. In those days it was pretty busy, thankfully it was handy having the Field Hospital on Treasure Finder which was alongside.

Added by Jim Clark on 19 August 2007.
Hi, does anyone know if the treasure finder is still in operation or whether or not it has been scrapped, my father was a helicopter pilot with bristows out on the north sea and would like to find the treasure finder again for him as a rather special birthday is coming up!!!! please contact me at if you have any information

Many Thanks

Andy Morris

Added by Andy Morris on 26 December 2007.
Does anybody remember James Kennedy who worked on the brent bravo in the 70's and 80's until he passed away. I am his step daughter and would love to hear from anyone that knew or worked with him.

Added by Susie on 20 January 2008.
Worked on Brent B & Beryl A under construction in Stavanger Fjord, Remember our crew fabricating & fitting 6" fire water risers to inside of legs, very hairy! Also remember that the Lift ship Blue Whale lifted module onto legs, it was the worlds heaviest lift at that time I believe. We had to pull 15-18 hr shifts welding the cones on the bottom of the modules to the three legs.

Added by Paul Rennison on 31 January 2008.
I worked on this platform in 1990/91 remember coming off early one trip as my daughter was due to be born (14-03-91)
The company i worked for at the time was Vualdale, anybody remember them?

Added by Karl Bailey on 13 November 2008.
I was on the Bravo and remember Vauldale. Just welders who worked for them I believe. 1980's, I think? Early 90's. What a crew that was!
I worked on the Bravo after the fire down the leg for AMOD, scaffolding. Then it transferred over to GKN kwikform from Dundee.

Added by Andy Maxwell on 01 December 2008.
I worked on Bravo on and off for many years. I was a crane op with Sparrows. I worked on all their platforms in the northern sector. I was on delta for about 10 years and saw a great many changes, not all for the best.

The west crane on the delta was nearly the death of me - does anybody have any photos of this boom.
If any of the lads that know me want a chat my email is below.

Added by John {rollerball} Lewis. on 05 January 2009.
Was on Brent Bravo with Schlumberger 1978-79. What a great time that was! I remember the Dutch (Shell) toolpusher Willem Warmnehovem, he was a good guy.

Added by Hal Rounds on 11 July 2009.
Was on the Bravo with Rigblast during the ltfd, was my first time on an oil rig, 1995, 14 years later my son (Duane Creamer age 20) has just spent his first time offshore (2 wks) on the same platform.

Added by Jason Creamer on 23 August 2009.
Worked on Bravo Alpha Charlie and Delta between 1983 and 1990 off and on. Depending on contracts.
For LBE on A B & D and Wood Group on C & D Deck crew with LBE on Bravo when the leg whent up back in 84. I remember Rollerbal,l how you doing?

Added by Jim Brown on 01 October 2009.
I worked on the Brent Bravo from summer 1977 setting up scaffolding for corrosion prevention (otherwise known as painting). I'd just turned 19 yr old and didnt know any better. Remember we messed on the Treasurefinder alongside and rotations were better than now - sadly HSE wasn't. (Nowadays Subsea Ops Mgr with Bibby Offshore Asia)

Added by Rod Morrison on 25 December 2009.
I worked for P&W OFFSHORE as a welder on Brent Bravo & Charlie 1982 for abut 14 months then, hook up on Marathon Brae Alpha, also for P&W - anyone rember. Now been living in NZ for last 20 yrs.

Added by Brian Arrowsmith on 03 May 2010.
Does anyone remember the date of the fire down the leg and did anyone survive? I was on Brent Alpha at the time.

Added by Gordon Rason on 11 May 2010.
I worked for Vauldale as an elec tech in 1991 on the Bravo, a big squad of us doing Ex inspection work, we were living on the Safe Gothia accomodation vessel (see picture #1997). Also had another 3 years on the Bravo in 1992-1995 with AOC International prior to the LTFD and all the way to the completion of the LTFD....huge squads of construction lads during that project...anyone remember??

Added by Mike Lafferty on 11 May 2010.
I was on Bravo in 77 & 78 for MAPEL/P&W as a bomber. Does anyone remember the messages which annoyed the OIM, 'Take the Bridge'.

Added by Terry McHugh on 17 June 2010.
Hi, I worked on the Bravo in 1982. I worked in the messroom/galley for OCS. I was living with Charlie Bridge who worked night shift in messroom, I worked day shift in the messroom, then I worked on the Borgland Dolphin, Songa Star, and then Treasure Finder, next to Bravo. What an experience.

Added by Iain Barnes on 25 August 2010.
i worked under Brent Bravo as a diver, 1979, off the SS Capalunga dive ship. Anyone remenber that?

Added by Fred Vance on 12 January 2011.
I worked on the Bravo several years up to & including LTFD & later on the Delta & Charlie.
The company then was AOC. I was an Instrument Pipefitter with a Scots guy, Steve Johnson, we helped to redesign the lay out of all the pipework suppies to the well heads. Can any one remember that job?

Added by Andy Morrison on 05 February 2011.
Has anyone got photos the McDerrmot lifting barge when it was on the Bravo for LTFD .

Added by Andy Morrison on 08 February 2011.
I was one of the Radio Operators on Brent Bravo August 1975 to February 1980. Very busy but enjoyed it immensely.

Added by Hugh Wilson on 15 March 2011.
I was steward for OCS Aberdeen on Brent B '76. Crap job but enjoyed flying in helicopters. Was extemley windy second day I was on. Does anybody remember China Town, on board wooden huts living accommodation.

Added by Calum on 03 November 2011.
I worked on all the Brent platforms working for WSC Worthington Service. Gas compression commissioning and running repairs. Went out there for 2 weeks work and stayed for 3.5 yrs. Started on the Alpha then on to the Delta then Bravo and finished on the Charlie. It was a mad place. All the chopper pilots were mad, but the crack was brill.

Added by John Stone on 19 December 2011.
I worked on all Shell platforms north and central North Sea. I was a crane op. with Sparrows. Did the full ltfd on Bravo if you remember me drop me a email.

Added by John (rollerball) Lewis on 07 January 2012.
Gee whiz this is a blast from the past, I was on the Bravo from 78 to 85 with the odd trip to other platforms, I worked for Aberdeen Scaffolding and had the best time of my life, I think I was the right age to be out there. Anyone wants a chat just email me.

Added by Dennis Murray on 04 March 2012.
Trying to find details of my father who died on Brent Bravo in 1984 - pipefitter by the name of Ian Hamilton - any info please email.

Added by Derek Hamilton on 17 June 2012.
Anyone remember me BOB WAKEFIELD, I delivered and worked on the scale model of Brent C to Holland and Norway. October thro March 1978.

Added by BOB WAKEFIELD on 18 July 2012.
Hi, I worked on the Brent Bravo between 79 and 81 with Schlumberger, enjoyed it very much, looking for some of the other guys who worked with Schlumberger at the time.

Added by Alastair MacMillan on 03 March 2013.
Does anyone remember when the Bravo was locked down for four days as the winds hit over 100mph, (100 year storm) and the Vildkat moved off with a lot of very sick guys onboard. Anything that wasn't tied down and under rig scaffolding got launched into the ocean.

Added by Tel on 05 March 2013.
Hi, I worked as a Diver on her 1987 for a year Inside the Leg (Utility Shaft) with 2W.
Not so much fun having to walk out when the lift went down! Cheers everyone!

Added by Duncan McClure on 12 March 2013.
Hi ... any North sea tigers out there !!

This is PJ .. ex Construction Superintendent on the BB from 1977 - 1979.. three years of 'Fun" ... Okay Kinkaid, Golly Gorman, and the one guy we fired ... this is the spade that Dug my grave ...classisc, Stewie Fleetham, Flossie and John plus a load of great guys .. well most of them anyway .. hope you are all doing ok .. probably in the pram again by now ( some of you were always spitting the dummy anyway ) .. look at the coconut dog ...a beuty .. oh yes it was me on the gangway when it went , we had to get one of the slings off .... remember the barnies in the captains cabin .....never again .. stay loose PJ

Added by Peter Johnson on 03 July 2013.
Does anyone remember Terry Faulkner who worked as a diver trainer on the Brent Bravo in the 90's? Please contact me

Added by Joy Bullock on 03 July 2013.
I was working out there about 1983 I think for p&w services as a labour it's a time in my life I will never forget like the people billy mellesh a plater what a gent he was staying on the wildcat what food them e
We're the days !!!!!!

Added by Sonny Lupton on 14 July 2013.
I was 1981 to 1983 on the brent bravo platform liveing on the wildcat working for p&w I had some wonderful times out there and meet people I will never forget I was there when the 4 day storms were on what a time.........,

Added by Sonny Lupton on 15 July 2013.
Currently working on the BB doing Plug & Abandonment work. Tel, we were kept inside back in January as wind-speeds were hitting 100Knots & we got battered by 20+Metre waves the biggest being 28M(90Ft)!!! Not bad for a platform that was built to last 20 years 37 years ago.

Added by Jambo on 24 February 2014.
i remember the big storm the flotel pulled away for a few days and the scaffolding and lower decks were destroyed ...

Added by Ian Mc on 06 March 2014.
Where can I buy a poster/picture of this platform for a 60 birthday present

Added by Lesley Riley on 27 June 2014.
Worked on the Delta for Aberdeen scaffolding, late 90's Jimmy Plunklit what a size he was lol

Added by Stewart Hatfield on 09 September 2014.
1981 to 1983 I worked for p&w as a labour we stayed on the vilkat submersible its was 5 star worked with a great bloke called billy mellesh anyone know of him

Added by Sonny Lupton on 02 December 2014.
I was on treasure finder when I was on the cormorant a we used to shuttle in bells 214 next to the brent bravo in 1981/82 on the hookup for oceanic employed as a sparkie it was 2@1 then after coming off the dunlin hook up then onto Beatrice a/delta happy days very little hse then

Added by Ken Leask on 10 December 2014.
Hi there I was wondering if anybody knew my dad. derek robinson he was offshore 1984 sadly passed away in an accident. I am wondering if someone knows what happened as I was 12 at the time and still dont even really know what happened exactly. only thing ive heard is he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. id be most greatfull as he is still my hero. thanks

Added by Isaac on 11 December 2014.
The comment I sent was not published and I did not ask for this mail to be sent to me. Shell were found guilty of Criminal Negligence. The criminal incident - Happened in March 82 and the court case in 86. The persons - one Shell employee and one Amod employee who operated the lift after taking out the trestles and Notice stating that men were working in the Shaft.

Added by Raymond HINDES on 13 December 2014.
Does anyone know of a Tyler Godwin? He is supposed to be a EHS person on one of Talismans rigs. If anyone does know of him, please ask him to contact me @ IT IS IMPORTANT !!!!

Added by Juanita Gragg on 17 December 2014.
If anyone would like to chat sometimes (CLEAN CHAT ONLY)...I would be happy to chat. You MUST have a Profile of some kind, such as Facebook, Google+, etc. Contact me at my email .

Added by Juanita Gragg on 30 January 2015.
Worked on here late 70s , Slchemberber , Treasure finder, remember it well

Added by Alastair Macmillan on 02 February 2015.
Raymond hides was this my dad who you are referring to. Thanks if it is

Added by Isaac Robinson on 10 March 2015.
I was on the Bravo from 77 - 81, initially helideck crew and then heli admin. I remember Hugh Wilson well, and his colleagues Bob Bennett, who was still there when I returned with AOCI in 1994 on the LTFD, Peter Wall who transferred to Charlie, Jim Wiseman, Sandy Campbell and a name that escapes me but the guy could do 3 laps of the radio room without touching a single piece of equipment at busy times.
There are many others that come to mind, Peter Johnson already posted here, John Young who was also P & W and who I last saw on the Shearwater hook up in 2001, Alf the Medic, Frank "Foghorn" Erhorn of BBBC, "Fast" Eddie Sommerville & Big Eck Cruickshank from maintenance, George Walmsley and so many more.

Added by Phil on 28 May 2015.
It's great to read through these company and individual's names. I was one of the original blokes who set up Brent Log in 1978 working originally for Solus Schall ( based on the Nordraug alongside the Brent Alpha) Arranging the flying infield and from Sumburgh. At one stage with all the shuttles , bus runs and S61s flogging backward and forward from Sumburgh, the Brent Field was having more aircraft movements than Heathrow. I recognise some of the names above . Does anybody remember crew changing via the Stena Germanica ? My God ! Health and safety wouldn't allow that now. Really busy then but enjoyable and got to know some great blokes out there . I left to go to the Fulmay for a few years then back to Brent Log which had relocated to Cormorant Alpha finally leaving in 1996 ....

Added by John Vaughan on 29 May 2015.
Yep, I remember Stena Germanica...too foggy for choppers from Sumburgh so they put us on the ship. Also remember the Nordraug (was Schlumberger 1977-1979)

Added by Hal Rounds on 02 June 2015.
I worked out there during the LTFD. Inspection work. My late friend 'Abby R. RIP) and I were asked to make sure a massive didn't come back from it's next 18month overall. It get smashed in the rigging loft with a massive sledge hammer. We had to answer to that when questioned by the AOC Rigging Sup.

Added by Brian Wyllie on 05 July 2015.
I worked on brent bravo as head chef from 1990 to 2011 and started offshore in 1974, im retired now but miss the life, I had over 20 good years on bravo.

Added by Maurice Bunting [mojo] on 10 August 2015.
is there someone to remember me , I was the Toolpusher for Deutag Drilling on Brent Bravo in 1994/1995 and was then transfered to the Brent Alpha Platform

Added by Waldemar Mueller on 30 November 2015.
Still looking for info on my father who was killed in an explosion. His name was John (Ian) Hamilton.

Added by Derek on 03 December 2015.
I too worked for shell/esso on the brent bravo during the 80S I worked for London bridge engineering I do remember a lot of guys I worked with.

Added by John Keaney on 08 December 2015.
I did work on the brent bravo in the early 80s I worked for London bridge engineering I would like to hear from my old oil ship mates

Added by John Keaney on 08 December 2015.
Worked on the Bravo as Facilities Supervisor , no workshop everything was to be choppered to the Spar where they had a well equipped workshop.Platform should of been 100% finished before installion.Utilities shaft was one of the most dangerous places that I have worked.Crane jib was blown vertical and crashed to deck fortunately nobody injured.

Added by Jim Glover on 10 March 2016.
Rab mc gaw I worked on Brent Charlie 1989 till 1997 on ltfd for wood group on rigging side have fond memories & I met some nice guys still working on alba north but coming to retirement a ge soon u have to stop sometime.

Added by Rab mcgaw on 03 March 2017.
Brings back memories of my last days offshore 1981-1986 was shell safety adviser on brent bravo. I suffered a stroke in car accident on way home on leave ended my offshore career but recovered to continue at shell base Lowestoft until 1995 must thank lads for collection they held for me.

Added by Philip Jarvis on 23 March 2017.
Memories. I was on Brent Bravo on the produced water 36" replacement line on outside utility leg with Stadive bringing in replacement, worked for Rigblast Special access systems when the storm came in from America , Safe Gothia alongside and pulled off for 3 days due to storm direction.

Added by Andy Collier on 16 June 2017.
I do not remember the date I was on the Brent B. It was when it first went out. we were on the hookup team for Danis links and fieldco. Yan Arnup sorry Yan if the spelling is wrong. I was with Paul Palin. My main job was on the fire ring main with a welder called Nia Vaughn.We also lived in temporary accommodation Called Shantytown.

Added by Bob Mannersb on 12 July 2017.
Shanty town was temporary accommodation left on the Brent when it was floated out. As some one said before. The storms were horrendous, Strong fit men could not stand up in them. On more than one occasion the door was blown off shanty town and was in danger of the whole lot blowing out to sea.We had to nail scaffold planks to the door to hold it in place. After a few big storms shanty town was replaced by the Kings North semi submersible for accommodation. That meant we had to commute each day by Helicopter. I would like to hear from anyone from this time, please feel free to email me. Bob Manners

Added by Bob Manners on 14 July 2017.
I worked on the Brent B & C from 1978 -1985 as a Mechanical Commissioning Tech for P&W Offshore services, later to be called AMEC. I worked along with Stewart Preston whose name appears on the first comment.

Added by Neil Beaton on 03 August 2017.
Does anybody remember my late father, Rodney Davies who worked I believe on the Brent Delta during the 80’s and 90’s until he retired in 1995 I believe. Have some great photos of the rig and him but would like some more and some stories aslong as happy ones!!

Added by Richard Davies on 23 October 2017.
Worked on the safe gothia 1988, material controller.

Added by Jim caulfield on 04 March 2018.
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