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Cormorant Alpha
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No: 202   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Shell   Year: 1997   Country: United Kingdom
Cormorant Alpha

The Cormorant Alpha platform is a concrete gravity platform of the Condeep type. It has four legs and storage capacity for 1 million barrels of oil. The total sub-structure weight is 294,655 tonnes.

Photo Courtesy of Shell Photographic Services, Shell International Ltd
Picture added on 04 December 2006
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I was on this platform for three and a half years commencing 1983, I was employed By Shell Exploration and Production as a Senior Production Technician, and was on the platform during the accident resulting in the injuries and fatalities.

Added by Stewart Preston on 29 December 2006.
worked on this rig when the water pipe bust and flooded the top decks

Added by John Hagen on 06 October 2007.
I was Project Engineer (with Oceanic) on Cormorant A during Module loadout(Stord-Verft-Norway), tow-out in May 78, and Hookup & Commissioning in North Sea, 1978. Left in Sept 1978, because of safety concerns.

Added by Charlie Hamrick on 25 November 2007.
I worked on this platform from 1980 to 1987 as Maintenance Technician. Strange... but I actually enjoyed it. Good crew and good mates. Only got evacuated once when blow out preventer failed.

Added by Terence Wilson on 26 January 2008.
I have been on this platform since 1978. There has been plenty changes and not all of them for the better. The Cormorant Alpha has always had a friendly crew and this is the main reason I am still here. I was hoping to outlast this oil can, but alas, it looks like it will see me out.

Added by Dennis Burnett on 21 January 2009.
I've just finished my offshore survival training and will going to the Cormorant on the 27th April '09. Strangely, I'm looking forward to going offshore.

Added by Mike Greenwood on 23 March 2009.
Just arrived back from my first stint offshore on the Cormorant Alpha.

Really enjoyed it. Great experience.

Added by Mike Greenwood on 19 May 2009.
The "Alphatraz" a dump of the highest order - good bunch of blokes though.

Added by Bolz on 27 June 2009.
I worked at Ardyne Point, where Cormorant Alpha was built, in 1975/77. Worked for Sea Tank Co. Interestingly I remember it having a 25 year lifespan!

Added by Wilma Fraser on 24 November 2009.
I was 30+ years offshore, rigs all over the world as a crane operator. I was 10 years on the alpha and I was never on a better rig in all that time.

Added by James Monaghan on 28 November 2009.
I worked on Cormorant Alpha during 1977.... I was a young engineer at Ardynne Point. I saw the caisson 'grow' legs, even then there were safety issues!! 30 years later I eventually went offshore on rigs but putting them in position, and steel not concrete.

Added by Graham Brown on 21 December 2009.
I did my 1st ever trip on the Cormorant in 1989 as a young lad for Macnamee services cleaning leg number C4 (the deepest one) after an explosion, ended up being there for 2 years, crack and crew were brilliant, remember it well.

Added by Brian Ritchie (Boss) on 06 March 2010.
I worked for Sedco and they were still setting up the derrick and drillfloor back in 1979. It was the best time of my life.

Added by David Ker on 04 July 2010.
I served my apprenticeship as a joiner at Ardyne Point with Sir Robert Mcalpine when we built this rig along with the Brent Charlie and an Elf gas rig, best job I was ever on with the exception of Sullom Voe :-)

Added by Andy Graham on 13 October 2010.
I was on the CA for 9 years between 1980 and 89, working for Shell Expro as Power (Electrical) Technician.
I was onboard during two of the three explosions, and was not sorry to leave. Lost a couple of close friends during one explosion, and have never forgiven Shell for their attitude to the offshore workforce. Always full of platitudes to the press, but treat the 'lads' with total contempt. Pleased to leave the company in 1992, but not the lads.

Added by Dave Chapman on 12 March 2011.
Worked on "Alphatraz" for 7 months. That was far too long! Good bunch of lads though.

Added by Steve Elliott on 15 March 2011.
Worked on CA as an operations tech from 1990 to 2005 and liked it so much I came back for a wee bit in 2008. Good crack but was really starting to show her age in 2008. Still nice to sit by the fire in the Gordon Lounge after nights watching a movie! Have they fixed the flavia machine yet?

Added by Ian Campbell on 16 June 2011.
I visited the CA in the early 1990's as a National Air Traffic Control Services official with special responsibility for North Sea helicopter services. Very impressed by the thorough safety standards demanded by Shell - in short, a visitor was a danger not to be let out of sight, until he could pass the CA safety exam.

Added by Brian Sidebotham on 25 June 2011.
The Gordon lounge is no more, the non smoking lounge is now half of the old rec room. The Flavias still regularly conk out though.

Added by Gaz on 25 June 2011.
I worked on the CA from 1989 to 1997 as an Ops Tech. I only remember good times before the industry became too serious. We were the pilot for safety glasses everywhere outside....who would have thought that would have caught on like it did? And what about those handrails? Nice to see some familiar names on this page though?

Added by Peter on 19 November 2011.
I worked on this as a scaffolder for McAlpines.
Left and went to Poland for John Laing on a 600ft Chimney

Added by Bill Woodward on 01 December 2011.
Yes I worked on CA when it was being built by McAlpines. I was emploted as a technician at Ardyne from Sept 1974 to Aug 1975. Met many fantastic people; engineers & workers; real characters whose deserve all the glory for what they accomplished in 4 years. Probably the best job I ever worked on

Added by Derek Brodie on 02 December 2011.
I worked at Ardyne point on the concrete slip-pour of Cormorant as a junior Surveyor constantly monitoring the verticality of the caissons ... very scary as I recall !!! and looking back almost medieval regarding the technology used. Great to think it's still in use.

Added by Rob Sinclair on 31 March 2012.
I worked on the Cormorant Alpha for a long long time left in 2007, some of my mates are still there. I'm still having nightmares about C4 GTF... what a stupid place to put a slops pump!! The craic was excellent, best working years of my life so far. I was one half of the notorious Bruise Brothers, with my mate Peter Hughes sadly no longer with us....I still miss him and the all the great friends I made on Cormorant Alphatraz.

Added by Brian Chalmers on 17 May 2012.
This is my current 2 on 2 off Platform with Tyco. I help to maintain the Deluge systems. They're in such a state that the Cormorant Alpha keeps me in a job :)

Added by Mike Greenwood on 19 May 2012.
Well, finally said farewell to Alphatraz last month, great set of lads do miss them a lot, hope the management get their act together before all their best lads and experience leaves........

Added by Gaz on 19 May 2012.
I Was a member of Seatank staff the engineering company. Worked on ballasting system & telecontrol.
Start on 77 Ardyne point finish 78 stavanger.
In mean time Brent C

Added by Patrick Roquebert on 17 July 2012.
I worked for the French company that provided the navigation during the towing of the the Cormorant platform from the McAlpines site to Stavanger, Norway. We installed the telecommunication equipment at the top of the columns and then the beacons along the way. That was back in the summer of 1977. Great experience!

Added by Bruno Decaudin on 08 August 2012.
Hi bruno,
Yes a great experience, before the seatank co /Mac Alpine I was with the Doris Working on CDP1 & MCP1
Regards
Patrick.

Added by Patrick ROQUEBERT on 10 August 2012.
This was my last job offshore, the Cormorant Alpha was a bucket but a great bunch of lads. 1995.

Added by John Paul Oneil on 20 August 2012.
Yea great memories of Mcalpine's at Ardyne Point. As an apprentice joiner I was in the squad that fixed all the towing rings to the side of the rig and shuttered the ballast at the base of the cells 200ft down if I recall.

I had a nostalgic walk around Ardyne last Christmas when I was home in Dunoon, it's amazing how all the old faces come to mind when you're walking around.


Added by Andy Graham on 24 August 2012.
I worked for McAlpine at Ardyne Point in 1975 as a 19 year old. I was on the night shift concrete gang. Some great memories. I returned to Ireland at the end of that summer to milk cows. I still bore the kids with my tales of Dunoon!

Added by Frank Byrne on 15 September 2012.
I worked on the CA when I was just a young buck. The company I worked for at that time was Oceanic. Looking back now I miss it and all the lads.

Added by Jimmy Irving on 03 October 2012.
I was on the hook-up as an electrician working for Oceanic. There were 400 men living and working on it at the time - a bit crowded, but a good bunch of lads.

Added by Stuart Cuninghame on 11 October 2012.
Sorry, this platform is not a Condeep Type but a Sea Tank Co type just like Brent C. Sea Tank was a subsidiary of SGE now VINCI(France).
Thank you for the photo. It reminds me Ardyne point where they were built by McAlpine.

Added by Christian Sütterlin on 17 October 2012.
Does anyone remember a John Boyes (my husband) who worked on Dunlin A then on the Cormorant A. Sadly he died 8 years ago. Was looking at some photos and spotted at a Christmas meal offshore, some table mats with the platform on. Anyone any idea where I can get them?

Added by Jean Bull (Boyes) on 13 December 2012.
I was an Electrician and contracted maintenance. I remember the explosion that killed 3 guys like it happened last week. Never forget telling Des everything would be alright. He died in hospital a few days after. Shell never even asked what part I played. I was right there and saw the guys blown into the fabrication and welding area. The horror was with me for years. I'm 55 now and I reckon it's time the truth came out.

Added by Alan Jamieson on 19 December 2012.
Worked on it once for three days to skid the rig. I`ve seen better looking scrap yards. The picture says it all. Decommission. This latest leak in the leg was just the inevitable waiting to happen. Surely It`s time is now up.

Added by Luke Ashley on 16 January 2013.
I worked on the Cormorant as a Scaffolder with Cape in The 80's. I enjoyed the rig as it had a great bunch of guys.

Added by Ian Hamilton on 17 January 2013.
My dad Tommy Mcwilliam from Grantown on spey, worked on this rig way back in the 70's and he loved it...

Added by Dawn Mcwilliam on 24 January 2013.
I was a Diver for Cosag Marine Gt Yarmouth, I drilled holes for the ground switches on the bottom of the skirts, being bombed by seals wanting to pull our fins off in play. Played hard worked hard great grey days at Ardyne point.

Added by Tim Evans. on 28 June 2013.
Currently holidaying in Norway from Australia and found the Cormorant picture. I worked at Ardyne as a Section Engineer from 1974 to 1976 on Frig (gas), Brent C (oil) and Cormorant. Definitely Sea Tank design though I worked for MacAlpine. Great job, great people.

Added by David Rossiter on 04 June 2014.
Worked on this rig during the hook up from 1981 to 1983 we where on the Balder barge for accommodation. Worked as a welder in those days remember working down the legs for days on end never got to ride in the lift as it never worked always had to go down the ladders & stairs held the record for getting down & back up again. Only went below the gas tight floor a couple of times that was not the best job to do. Do remember a couple of occasions where we had the hot work permit but when I struck up all the power went of & the sprinkler system kicked now that does come down heavy. Had worked for Oceanic / Mcdermotts for five years Heather, Brae, Brent & Cormorant Billy Coulter, Jimmy Gillan, Brian Matchett plus many others some as Jim Spears who I found out just recently was caught out on the Piper platform will have passed away. We where on the first Chinook flight straight from Aberdeen like been in a spin dryer the whole trip. Always had a good time ( as best you can working away ) on the rig & the bunch of north sea tigers I worked with were always fun & good work mates to have around.

Now retired & living on the Gold Coast in Australia I am left typing on a computer which I wish was a sea anchor finding all these comments on rigs that I worked on bringing back memories of the GOOD OLD DAYS not that 30 odd years is that long.

Added by Paul Glenton on 12 June 2014.
Hey Paul - I was on the Hook-up at the same time - working for Oceanic as a sparkie. Worked down those damn legs for a few months too. Now living in Sydney

Added by Stuart Cuninghame on 12 June 2014.
Hi lads, worked with both of you and I, m still there. I was a rigger working with John Devine and Cammie MacLelland and many others I can remember. How time has passed.

Added by Dennis Burnett on 17 June 2014.
I worked on the cormorant on the hook up as a spark for oceanic for about 18 months on nights down the legs doing 15 hrs think it was the nortroll as the flotel doing 2/1 was the only Geordie on there spark wise gave me some shit sorted a paki guy out in the tea hut was going off the next day my family is from shetland

Added by Ken Leask on 13 November 2014.
I was on the hook up balder was never on that field I should know was on it for 18 months as a spark working down the legs worked for oceanic went on there after the dunlin hook up 10 months on that one

Added by Ken Leask on 16 November 2014.
(Pat) P J O'Rourke
I worked on Cormorant Alpha from 1978 to 1988 as crane foreman.



Added by P J O'Rourke on 02 December 2014.
The balder wasn't on that field it was the nortroll semi sub that's when we nearly went over the side of the helideck coulnt get off the deck with high winds lifting the rotor bldes tried 3 times to get off but came down with the wheelsof the bell 214 in the nets 18 of us on it 'the time we were shuttling to the treasure finder on the brent field that's how I know the balder wasn't there we had to go into a dayshift bed then back to work on nights was 2 days before we got back to the finder roughed as an old north sea tiger

Added by Ken Leask on 10 December 2014.
Totaly agree with Alan Jamieson's comments about the explosion that killed 3 people and injured about 10 others I was on the rig at that time and remember the chaos that occurred after the explosion especially being told to go to the sack store for a head count and all lights going off and the men trying to find there way in the dark.Shell have kept this incident under wraps and is about time the truth came out.

Added by Douglas Campbell on 12 December 2014.
Spent several trips on on this rig summer 78 just before getting married remember spending most of time climbing up and down the legs

Added by Terry mc feely on 23 January 2015.
I remember those legs c1 @d1 they were 174 metres high we worked @the 70 metre level so we used to climb 104 metres ashift we total it up in 2 weeks we d climbed Everest was fit then we used to have races out of the legs I done it in 13 mins with a sr 60 gas mask we had a top of the leg man who was in radio contact with us @we used to put our tools in a bucket then he would winch them down to us the jocks were smoking happy baccy down there so if the shell safety officers came into the top of the leg he was to warn us by saying your materials in the bucket sure enough 3 shell guys came in @looked @th photos on the board then started climbing down the leg the paddy legman panicked @came onto the radio @ said theres 3 hacksaw blades coming down the ladder on of the jocks was gone on the baccy @we had to get him out if anybody got caught smoking everybody would be finished as you wrere supposed to inform on him it was risky @dangerous down there as there was methane gas @things used to come down once a steel wedge came down @missed me by 3ft @imbedded into a scaffolding plank was lucky that's when we were north sea tigers

Added by Ken Leask on 30 January 2015.
Ken Leask - I remember clearly the smokers down the legs. I'm ashamed to say - I was one of them. We had a warning signal:- If a Shell guy came down the leg - the radioman at the top used to say - "Do you still want those junior hacksaw blades?" That was the signal to stub out fags and start working!


Added by Stuart Cuninghame on 07 February 2015.
hi stuart I remember you we were in the same work party with Jackie hart @syd hughes a scouser @billy cowan he came off the heather hookup who was the guy that was haluciating down there one night ? been on the happy baccy

Added by Ken Leask on 10 February 2015.
Ken Leask - I was there when the Paddy shouted on the radio "There's three hacksaw blades coming down the legs!". I was having my lunch at the time - on the 70 metre level. Good laugh...


Added by Stuart Cuninghame on 11 February 2015.
I really thought the Balder was along side the Cormorant the reason been the flare stack comes out at an angle & I remember once while working on the deck a helicopter trying to take of but could not due to the dead air or lack of it coming from the flare it bounced a couple of times then dived over the side and went under the stack. I thought it was ditching & went to the side but it got under okay. when the lads came back from there leave I did query it with them & they said they had un buckled there belts ready to get out. At that time we where doing 2 on 1 off so it may have been earlier as I think we where 2 & on the cormorant. Where was the Balder when we had the union meeting & we lost our jobs for s couple of weeks & lost some of our hourly rate at the same time.
Maybe I am losing it ?? just thinking who was it put sugar between my sheets one night lucky I noticed the bunk was not made to its usual high standard I think it was Tony E or Brian M I know someone owned up but that was the crack in them days including the six egg spread that you could get if you did not watch out.
Cmon help me with this.

Added by Paul Glenton on 12 February 2015.
hi paul I was on that bell214 trying to take off from the nortroll tried 3 times the wind was lifting the rotor blades the 3rd time we came crashing into the nets with one of the wheels in the net @we were lying @angle I looked out of the chopper window @could see the bears running to the handrails there was 18 of us on that bell we were shuttling to @fro from the brent bravo @living on the treasure finder we were all on nights doing a 15hr shift down the legs that's how I know it wasnt the balder after I got off the chopper a dayshift guy said we thought you were goners I said so did we went into a dayshift bed then back to work that night so it was 2 days before I got into my own scratcher we had a very lucky escape that day your right about working 2/1 never had a sunday night @home in 9 months as was always a Monday crew change so only had 5 days @home @we were flying from sumburgh I 61s rough old days

Added by Ken.leask on 12 February 2015.
Remember some of them names, Jackie Hart fi Cumbernauld was a great laugh. Billy Cowan fi newcastle daft as a brush. Big dougie Macarther fi glasgow and rab McPherson. Wee tam stirling . Aye we had some laughs and wind ups usually with john McKay

Added by Charlie strachan on 22 May 2015.
Hi Charlie. I remember you got some pics of the bears when we were offshift in the cabins @of you you used to wear glasses remember graham penny the bald eagle alan Thorpe ricky hill was the chargehand @skippie the aussie @rigger Clarke who used to bed in his overalls ray cartner ?happy days Charlie were you on the Beatrice a/delta ? I ended up in Bombay on Bombay high for 90days eating dog with George cook @Malcolm tucker

Added by Ken Leask on 27 May 2015.
Kenny. Know your name but struggling to put a face to it. Who did you pal around with? Dunno if you remember a selby brown from Geordie land but his son stays over the back from me in Edinburgh. R u retired now where do u live?
Remember skippy shat the bed in Aberdeen I was at graham penny's wedding in Thurso about 30 years ago. You still in touch with george cook. Me and the bald eagle used to do the heat treatment, had some windups with john. A few names for you Peter bell. Bob mcnichol. Tam McMahon. Gus west. John hynds

Added by on 28 May 2015.
hi Charlie good to hear from you yea I remember those names very well haven't seen George since we flew to Dubai we were in the first class in the plane George only drank the water out of the finger bowl should have seen the looks we got when we flew from dubbai go him to the checkin @he was pissed got him thro immigration he picked my ticket up got on the plane then read the name on the ticket @got off he went back to the desk @the guy said fuck off last time I saw him but my sons a scaff @he saw his name leask @he asked my son if he knew me he said I remember that wee man do you remember big alan Thorpe?a georgie ?he died a while ago is gorgous Gordon mc ewan still going? remember on the Beatrice we were working on the crane pedestal making glands off @the shifter slipped @cut him above the eye @needed stiches went to the medic who was bent said to Gordon drop your pants @bend over youll feel a small prick nothing @at all Gordon didn't know wot to expect he was white when he came back after india I went on for james scott in the module yards @was a electrical supervisor onshore @off shore for them was on the hook up brae a thames arco rough esmond field leman f/g platforms am retired now as I am 73 worked up intil 69 in all been on 11 hook ups I used to travel with billy cowan do you remember when davy baxter poured hot tea over my leg in the tea hut on the dunlin?@I poured my scalding hot coffee over his balls @legs @had to get the medic out of bed with 2nd degree burns I got nrb ed not long after I wonder why? had some good times I don't how to get these pics to you of the the lads @ you I could send them or try @get copies

Added by Kenny Leask on 28 May 2015.
Kenny
If you got an iPhone u can take a photo with your iPhone then send them too me. Mob 07710547107 or better Charles. Strachan@blueyonder.co.uk.
Aye George could be a bit dodgy with a bevvy could just imagine him giving the check in a hard time. Was Alan Thorpe a big guy.
Remember Peter bell came offshore one trip with his top teeth missing. Turns out 1st night home he was steamin and spewed down toilet. Got up next day n his wife said where's your teeth. He spoke to some road men working on the drains in his street n asked them to keep a look out for a set o teeth.
Another time I made up a fictitious flight list and put all the boys names who should have been on the 1st check in on the 2nd flight. Of course they all bit and stormed in to see bob mcnichol creating fuck. Bob announced if he finds out who done this they r NRBd. Hamas to keep my heed down for a while.
Went back offshore on 1990 but landed right in the middle of the strike, stayed on for my trip but a waste of time as shell NRB everyone.
You still live in Newcastle.
Ian falconer died 3/4 years ago
Charlie you on face book. Will be easier to communicate

Added by on 29 May 2015.
hi Charlie yea alan Thorpe was a big guy about 6ft 4in I live @wallsend yea am on facebook ken.leask@blueyonder.co.uk after I finished on the brae a I went onto the rough field @they were on strike the job was crap @I rapped went onto the beach for james scott on the esmond deck sections @went offshore on it the 61 used to fly over my house could see the wife @the dogs in the back garden was great for getting off wot ive done is ive took pics with my phone I ll either send them via your mobile or on facebook on these pics theres skippy @George Watson I think that was his name youll know better my mobile is 07881807928 @theres pics of peter bell @jim tall lad we are all in the cabin trying hats on without the insides in were you on the Beatrice ? living on the balder it was the coldst platform ever been on on it on the 23rd of January in the moray firth on night starting @12 till 11/30 in the morning 4 man cabin one guy was grinding his teeth all night one was a chain sawer another used to beat his fists on the bulkhead had no sleep for 4 nights was black under the eyes I stooted a netty roll off this kids head @shouted will you all fucking shut up did I ever tell you about willie boyle when he went into the crit in Aberdeen @just getting off he asked for a half of beer @a dram he didn't have enough money but the barman took it while he was standing there he asked tha barman for a ciggie then a light along side the till was the daily record he said can I read your paper? he looked up a the clock on the wall @said to the barman see your clock the barman replied before we go any further it screwed to the wall ha ha wot a character he used to say the best sparks in the country are from the west coast aye weve roughed it original north sea tigers see you on facebook regards ken

Added by Kenny Leask on 02 June 2015.
Someone mentioned Bob McNicol - I remember when Red Adair - the famous oil fire extinguisher bloke - came aboard to do an inspection. Bob sidled up to him and said, "You were fantastic in that film with Ginger Rodgers....." Red didn't see the joke - I fell over laughing!

Added by Stuart Cuninghame on 04 June 2015.
hi stuart how are you? well I hope still remember @the top of the leg wot about the paddy getting his bag searched by group 4 guy he opened his bag @his shaving cream started to come past the zip his aerosol had perforated the guy moved his hands inside the bag @said ok paddy on your way everybody was creased

Added by Ken.leask on 04 June 2015.
Hi, Dennis, many a good time spent with you over nearly 30 yrs as your friendly well services supervisor, retired now for over 5 yrs and loving it, all the best.

Added by Derek Christison on 05 August 2015.
Good to see you are still kicking about Derek. Yes, we had the best years out there. I retired in January but I must admit I miss the place and the company of the lads. If you are ever in Banchory, drop in by the Stag. You will find me quite often in there.

Added by Dennis Burnett on 13 August 2015.
Dennis, great to hear from you, takes you a while to adjust but it's worth it, agree we had the best days and like you enjoyed my time offshore, I still keep in touch with lads off the north cormorant and we meet up at a Arbroath fc game once a year, grumpy Gilbert always turns up, now that is a legend! Hope to meet up soon.

Added by Derek christison on 14 August 2015.
Derek Brodie, Rob Sinclair, David Rossiter ... names from the pioneering days. How many others from the McAlpine team at Ardyne are still working in the industry?

Added by Robert Talbot on 03 November 2015.
I was just 'a junior site engineer' on Cormorant - we slipformed all 4 legs while I was there. I worked at Methil in later years and still work in the oil industry as a Dimensional surveyor. I worked in construction and fabrication - but there are not many concrete rigs built these days!

Added by Graham Brown on 04 November 2015.
Was in the crew from BBRV that installed and prestressed the cables in the legs in 76/77. Scots lads were brilliant, great help.

Added by Lou Page on 09 November 2015.
I was with Derrick Parks... McAs 'boss' of BBRV. I was the 'young eyes on site' engineer. same era!!! threading the tendons from the deck. I recall the first slipping and bouncing the scaffold we were on inside the leg at about +30m level.... before is spewed all the wires into the leg bottom. thankfully nobody badly hurt, just everyone needing new underwear :)

Added by Graham Brown on 10 November 2015.
yea I was down the legs on the hook up for 18 months down c1 'd1 @the 70 metre level after coming off the dunlin a for oceanic happy days

Added by Kenny Leask on 10 November 2015.
Derrick Parks, name doesn't ring a bell! was he a tall quiet bloke? Never saw our Senior Engineer before arriving on site. He had a right lunatic under him that we brought with us, long curly blonde hair. You will remember him. his name will come to me. The Sunday morning just before Christmas "76" I got renal colic and rush to hospital. I say rushed, got the driver to stop 3 time so I could have a pee. Couldn't pass a thin just horrendous pain. When I got to hospital they said I needed an xray before they could give me anything. Although the machine was available I had to wait because a guy was on route, I think they said from the sub base) with back injuries. Two hours later I finally got in.

Added by Lou Page on 12 November 2015.
At a tender age of 21 years, I was a member of the engineering task force that helped collectively design the MEP services for this platform between 1975 and 1977 (Humphreys & Glasgow Sofregaz).

Added by David Sales, FCIPHE, MIET on 27 February 2016.
My Dad worked on the Cormorant Alpha as OIM in the late 80's early 90's. His name was John Stevenson. He sadly died in October 2009 of an out of the blue Brain Haemorrhage. I'm his son. If anyone has any photos with him in them could they please send me some? Thanks! From Colin Stevenson stevcolx@yahoo.com

Added by Colin Stevenson on 28 February 2016.
I also remember the cormorant alpha explosion as if it was yesterday. Reading that there were electrical faults on the platform that the company knew about sickens me to the pit of my stomach. My husband David Hill was severely burned in that explosion but sadly 3 other men lost their lives. My husband was being treated InThe next isolation unit in Aberdeen burns unit, next to Des who sadly lost his life.Dave broke his heart when I had to tell him about the 3 friends that didn't survive.He always felt guilty that he survived. Dave died of brain cancer 16 years ago and I'm sure his injuries caused this. Shells motto in they days was target zero...joke...they knew about the faults and let production continue. Rig managers helicopters landed before the medics....money comes first before safety....it's a nightmare that never leaves me. Christine Hill.. widow



Added by Christine Hill on 05 March 2016.
worked on cormorant from 1982 to 2016 now retired and living the life corm alpha home from home for over 30 years great guys for so many years still remember Des John Alan and Dave from the explosion in 1983

Added by Don Connor on 21 March 2016.
Tim Coomber ran one shift and I ran the other as supervisors for Kockums who provided the slipform equipment and knowhow for Cormorant, Brent and the Elf gas rig, worked our asses off but what an experience!

Added by Colin Board on 08 October 2016.
I worked for the construction of the deck of Cormorant in CFEM at Fos/mer with Shell and Sea Tank Co, I was the resident engineer for CFEM, my job fisnished when the deck had been loading on barge before sailing to Bergen (or Stavenger I don't remember...)

Added by Christian Le Yoanc on 28 January 2017.
Worked at Ardyne on the three platforms from 1974-1977 in the post tensioning section. Sat on top of the legs in the middle of winter sending cable down ducts. Did. 20 years offshore and spent a year on the Charlie, also worked on the Cormorant in Norway--strange to see only 20 feet of the legs above the water a 6 iron from the shore

Added by Stan Gaston on 11 April 2017.
Hi, Dennis,

Just to let you know I, am having a visit from Tony Robbo kca sparky this weekend he is on his yearly visit with friends to Arbroath fc

Added by Derek christison on 14 April 2017.
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