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Dunlin Platform
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No: 203   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Shell   Year: 1997   Country: United Kingdom
Dunlin Platform

The Dunlin Alpha platform is a concrete gravity platform of the Condeep type. It has four legs and storage capacity for 838,200 barrels of oil. It's total weight is over 240,000 tonnes. The base is shown during construction in picture #201.

Photo Courtesy of Shell Photographic Services, Shell International Ltd
Picture added on 04 December 2006
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Many fond memories of Dunlin from 1986=2003

Added by Jim Clark on 02 April 2007.
"Sunny Dunny". Went there in '83, had a break to the Tern Hook-up in '88, but it still dragged me back in '91 to 99. Long live Dunlin.

Added by Geoff on 22 August 2007.
Hope I never to go back, the place frightened me.

Added by Alan on 05 December 2007.
Frightened me too! Too many rusty bits....!! Can't imagine why Shell are selling it now ;-)

Added by John on 12 February 2008.
I'm here now, and yes rusty is the appropriate word

Added by Jimbo on 04 April 2008.
Is the Auk Alpha still on the go, that WAS a rust bucket,

Added by Alf Cooke. Ex Medic The Finder on 08 April 2008.
John from Canterbury worked on Dunlin with Deutag drilling 1980/1983, looking for any more from Deutag contact me.

Added by John Gaylor on 27 April 2008.
Just starting a career in the oil industry and heading to the Dunlin on the 23rd May.

Added by Neil on 01 May 2008.
I'm on the Dunlin and I like it! People who get fightened by rust shouldn't work offshore..

Added by Matias on 03 June 2008.
No, picture #201 ain't the Sunny Dunny under construction. Dunlin has 9x9 storage cells, picture #201 has 6x6. Think it is of Cormorant.

Added by Anon on 13 June 2008.
Working on Dunlin's reactivation now.. long live 'Dunlin the Slightly Newer and Marginally Less Rusty than Before' !!

Added by Gus on 22 April 2009.
I worked on Dunlin for eight years 1976-1984 as a steward. Hated it/loved it.

Added by Ken Smith Aka Nibbler on 15 July 2009.
Anon's right - picture #201 ain't the Dunlin. I'm sitting in sunny NZ looking at a picture of it on my wall when it was towed out of Maasvlakte to Norway. Definitely 9 x 9 cells.

Added by Pete on 23 February 2010.
The Dunlin is by far one of the best platforms I have been on personnel wise and safety wise. I have been here 3 times - all have been good experiences.

Added by Harry Hill on 12 June 2010.
I was on the Dunlin in the eighties and it made so little impression on me I cant even remember the year. Can't even remember what I was there for either. Only thing I do remember is an old friend of mine from shipyard days was the Shell power tech, Dave Chapman. I seem to recall being down the legs for some reason though. AHHH. Just remembered. I was aboard when a calorifier blew the door off the room it was installed in somewhere on the top deck. Dunno why I'm telling this non story!! Trouble is, this is typical of most of my memories spent on short term jobs!

Added by Alan Clark (Oilslick) on 28 December 2010.
The Dunlin is still a rust bucket, it's by far the worst rig I've been on and although the people are great it is definately not an example of a well maintained platform.

Added by Anon on 07 June 2011.
My Dad is on the Dunlin, has been for many years, he's the control room operator. Im just considering a move offshore to leave the navy.

Added by Adam Goodin on 23 June 2011.
That will be Ray Goodin I guess, yes the Dunlin was an old platform but manned by a great crew loved my time on board. Regards to all who may remember me.
Lez Bewick Elect Tech (EX survey)

Added by Lez Bewick on 28 June 2011.
Aye Ray Goodin (PUD as better known...which leaves me as little Pud!!) ... He's still there, refusing to retire!

Added by Adam Goodin on 28 June 2011.
Dunlin was my home from home from 1981 to 1993 great memories and great guys to work with. Still see Dave Chapman mentioned above in fact played golf with him yesterday we get together at least once a year. Retired in 1997 after getting made redundant from Dunlin during the "cull" of 1993 -94. Give me an email if any old hands are still about. Would love to hear from "Bernie the Bolt".

Added by Jim Ayre on 14 July 2011.
Off to the Dunlin tomorrow for a boom change out, never had the pleasure before but can't wait... After 3 weeks at home I'll go anywhere at all :)

Smaller platforms are usually better IMO, it's the crew that make a good trip.


Added by Stevey on 05 September 2011.
Heading there on the 1st november for 3 trips, I take it you get there via the Shetties?

Added by Jambo on 18 October 2011.
Remember Ray Goodin, didn't he do the Lab tech role for a few years - going around with the goggles on his hard hat?

Added by Mike McKenzie on 05 April 2012.
He's still out here in the control room. Has the same pair of goggles on his head and the same pair of trainers on his feet. Get in marra

Added by Neil on 07 April 2012.
Had a great many years on the Dunlin as handyman, met a lot of great guys, it was a great platform to work on everybody was willing to help each other. Miss it.

Added by Billy Cormack on 19 June 2012.
Worked as a sparkie on the hook-up in the late seventies, for Oceanic offshore services (don't panic- it's oceanic!)Slept on the semisub 'Nortroll' and worked nightshift down the legs. Very spooky down there at the 70 metre level!

Added by Stuart Cuninghame on 04 November 2012.
Billy, I remember you and many other of the Kelvin team at the time, (Wagger from Keith, Robbie Smith, Davy Green, Julie McGillivary) to name a few. Hope you are keeping well

Added by Mike McKenzie on 08 November 2012.
My dad's been on that platform for 30yr now. He knows every nut and bolt. Phil Mcqueeney's his name.

Added by Phil on 26 January 2013.
Is that Phil Mcqueeny from Shields think he was a sparky. I was clanky then with Alfie Chattan and Billy Cornwell spent a lot of happy hours "on holiday" in South Sheilds with these guys hope they are still about?

Added by Jim Ayre on 13 February 2013.
Worked on here in the 90, s for 5 years, met some great people and had some crazy times, good fun! Old Charlie, bill and Kenny crane ops. All my kelvin crew, Derek Christensen and the well serve guys, many more..I look at sad thngs that has just happened regarding heli and reflect on times spent offshore.

Added by Michelle on 24 August 2013.
I worked on the Dunlin A before the full commissioning process in the early seventies. I worked on contract to Noble Denton and was responsible for undertaking an assessment of the telemetry and remote control systems to be used for ballasting down the platform on the sea bed after tow out to the its operational position. This was one of a number of such platforms on which I undertook such work. It was a great way to become free of a mortgage early in my engineering career! Glad to hear that the platform has had such a long productive performance. Norman Sandland trading as Cambridge Applied Technology.

Added by Norman Sandland on 12 September 2013.
Spent 12 years out there, the craic was great, the Shellies and contractors all got on very well.
Golden Hour in the snake pit!
Sun bathing on chemical tanks roof on Osprey module.
Baxendine’s tannoys during the strikes
Infamous A leg leak and Dunlin 16. (Leg is till flooded to this day!)
I've been away for 13 years now but still involved and see Mad Geoff Gray, Jumbo Skillen, Sean Burdon, John McGairy all on a weekly basis.
Great to see some of the names on this board, Jim Ayre (can't believe that’s 20 years since you left), Dumb Geordie Phil MaQ, Les Bewick (name I haven't heard for years), Billy Cormack (handy man?)
Wonder what happened to everyone else!?


Added by Oz on 07 November 2013.
McQueeney knows every inch of the 'snake pit' more like! Geoff Cole did more work!!! :-)

Added by Oz on 14 November 2013.
Worked as a steward with caterae int 1978 -86 many happy times great memories

Added by Ken davison on 30 March 2014.
Are these pics up to date does anyone know???????

Added by Malky on 16 July 2014.
I worked for oeanic for some time as a sparkie names Kenny leask from wallsend on the hook ups dunlin a cormorant a Beatrice a/d live on the nortroll semi sub @on the brent field on treasure finder nearly got killed in a 214 bell shuttling back to the finder we tyed 3 times to get off the deck but high winds lifted the rotor blades @we came crashing down into the nets on the heli deck had to go in a dayshift bed then back to work for another 15hrs was 2 days before we got back to the finder I remember climbing down the legs with sr 60 gas mask down to the 70 metre level remember the jocks smoking happy baccy @methane all around was very dodgy

Added by Ken Leask on 13 November 2014.
this brings back memories on the hook up working for oceanic as a spark met a lot of good scots it w as rough safety was out the window but still here that's going back to 1979 I worked in the module yard on it on modules m I e 'm iw saw my name written on the racking leaskie is fat coundnt believe it

Added by Ken Leask on 13 November 2014.
I was on the hook up as a spark working down the legs @the 70 metre level on nights @lived on the nortroll used to work 15hr shifts wonder any of the old scots are still knocking about ricky hill was the chargehand @I worked with billy cowan willy boyle Jackie hart gorden mc ewan then we went onto the cormorant hook up for oceanic

Added by Ken Leask on 14 November 2014.
I remember one day had just landed on the nortroll from sumburgh when the word went round there was a chopper down it was on the news @the wife thought it was me had all the life policies out it was a 61 going to the statsfiord 18 on board when the divers went done to get them out all dead chopper bottomed out @all there necks were snapped not long after another chopper went down again going to the same platform it was a bell 214 all dead then they had a fire in one of the legs they went into the lift to get out wot you don't do @got trapped 6 burned to death apparently they were welding @burning @there was diesel oil caught fire lost a mate of mine in a Chinook few years ago was a instrument tec used to give me a lift was a teesider off the cormorant A

Added by Ken .leask on 04 December 2014.
My Father is mentioned in the thread above ( Billy Cornwell ). Sadly he is not still about. He passed away 19th April 2013 after a well brave battle with cancer.
Some of the Guys I remember from the Dunlin are: Jim Ayre, Alfie Chatton, Brian Wilson, Phil McQueeny, Davie Miller, Ernie Rowntree too name a few. My Dad was on there for about 13 years.

Added by Lee Cornwell. on 26 December 2014.
Worked on the alpha, the delta, the bravo, also the dunlin. I worked for a company called Mather & Platt installing fire protection on the Bravo I was a supervisor but still one of the lads. I was out there between 1977to1979 met a lot of good men and worked with a lot of good men especially the Geordies and teesiders. Good luck to all the North Sea tigers i'am nearly 70 now but still working full time for the same company now called Tyco fire solutions. Good luck to all who work in the North Sea from a ex North Sea tiger.

Added by Winston Marshall on 18 January 2015.
hi Winston. I remember mather @platt when I was on the hook up probably met you its good to hear from @old north sea tiger still remember the lads I worked with down c1 @d1 legs have lost track of most of them if theres any out there get in touch iv been trying to find out what happened to a guy from Edinburgh called gorgous Gordon mc ewan great kid worked with him on c/alpha dunlin @Beatrice we were working on the lights around the crane pedestal when a spanner slipped @split his eyebrow open took him down to the medic who was bent when he ccame back he was white I said what happened the medic told him to drop his pants @bend over the desk he said to him youll feel a small prick nothing personal then he felt the needle ha ha a proper north sea tiger took it like a man get in touch Gordon if ur still alive I am 73 now 'like to hear from my old crews

Added by Ken Leask on 06 February 2015.
My old man is still there (65 now) and refusing to retire as always!

Added by Adam Goodin on 10 February 2015.
Ken Leask - do you remember when down the legs - somebody started singing over the radio. The head yank intervened and told him to stop. "I'm in the mood for love" came over the radio. When it stopped - the yank shouted "Do you know who I am?" "No" - replied the singer - "Do you know who I am?" The yank replied:- No - goddamn it!"
There was silence then - "I'm in the mood for love......." We were sitting at the 70 metre level having lunch - sides splitting with laughter....


Added by Stuart Cuninghame on 21 February 2015.
hi stuart yea I remember that do you remember the bald eagle ?sid hughes a scouser @ricky hill the chargehand?i was the only Geordie on there ' the time @billy cowan?ive got a pick of you @the rest of the team suited up waiting for the 61 you had long black hair @raggy tash I ended up in india on the Bombay high for 90 dayson the hook up in 1980 with George cook we were eating dog greyhound @getting bottles of moonshine whiskey was 14 dollars a bottle you had to drink it with coke happy days was a Bombay tiger there

Added by Ken Leask on 25 February 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 Fulmar 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.
Those platforms are some age now it was 77/78 on the dunlin then onto the cormorant 79 then the Beatrice a/d then the Bombay high india then the brae a happy days met some great lads @had some good laughs don't know how many tigers are left.

Added by Ken Leask on 02 June 2015.
I agree about the "Health and Safety" standards in the early days of many of these rigs. Even prior to towing out, the facilities for getting access to various parts of the structure and the control system modules were to say the least hairy even for a guy in his thirties and supposedly in his prime. I still remember the the very basic systems for getting around the structures and for getting access to rigs of various designs from support vessels. You soon learned to jump when commanded to do so! Some great characters served in the rigs both prior to launch and afterwards.

Added by Norman Sandland on 02 June 2015.
I agree about the "Health and Safety" standards in the early days of many of these rigs. Even prior to towing out, the facilities for getting access to various parts of the structure and the control system modules were to say the least hairy even for a guy in his thirties and supposedly in his prime. I still remember the the very basic systems for getting around the structures and for getting access to rigs of various designs from support vessels. You soon learned to jump when commanded to do so! Some great characters served in the rigs both prior to launch and afterwards.

Added by Norman Sandland on 02 June 2015.
John Vaughan - I remember the Stena Germanica - did a couple of trips on it. I was a bit ashamed of the conduct of some of the 'Bears' - chasing the stewardesses with bananas hanging out of their flyfronts! The food when we first came aboard was 5 star - but soon diminished to fish and chips - 'eat it or wear it' status, after the bears had wrecked the place! I don't it was one of Shell's good ideas.......



Added by Stuart Cuninghame on 04 June 2015.
Worked on the Dunlin in 1977 as a commissioning engineer for International Gas Detectors, brilliant!

Added by Paul Goldsmith on 13 October 2015.
I remember the Stenna Germania, John Vaughans comments are spot on.

Added by Paul Goldsmith on 14 October 2015.
It has been along time since I was on the dunlin. Just been reading the posts and a lot of names I remember. Jim ayre, alfie chatton, billy cornwell, phil macqueeny, ernie rowntree, alan gibson. I worked for the production department.went there as a very green and scared 22 year old and all those mentioned and many more made me very welcome and at home.that was 1982 and stayed there for 3 years.mick quinn was our charge hand, anyone remember him?

Added by Jim Pearson on 31 August 2016.
Me and my mate had a 2 week spell with Mather and Platt, we came up from Bristol but we were warned off due to labour problems and never went back. This was when they had to create a night shift because there was not enough room on the lifeboats for the guys on Dunlin and split us with the Nortroll. And when the divers came, the Nortroll pulled off and we took the Bristow helicopter to get back on to Nortroll. Remember night shift catching fish, Doing lifeboat drill 6 in the morning freezing cold and going down to make sure the lines were long enough.

Added by George Price on 28 October 2016.
I was on the dunlin in very early days at stord working for Mather @ platt transferred from power station install in uk.

Added by David marden on 23 January 2017.
Ken Davison contact me think me and Lew Lewis knows you from the Dunlin.

Added by John gaylor on 16 May 2017.
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