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Cormorant Alpha
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No: 641   Contributor: Gus Mackay   Year: 1980   Country: United Kingdom
Cormorant Alpha

A poor day on the Cormorant A
Picture added on 24 January 2008
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I'm off on this one on September 8th.

Added by Lee on 02 September 2008.
It was on a day like this during xmas 1980 that we were being helicoptered for crew changes from the Treasure Finder due to the bridge being lifted that my hard hat was blown off my head hitting the chopper blades whilst on the helideck.
The chopper grounded and my mates on the platform not being able to leave work made me a most unpopular pipe fitter to say the least.
The Uncle John was chartered to remove the chopper (Sicorski 61) to Aberdeen, the whole episode cost around £2M (according to a report in the Daily Telegraph!)
This is a true story and whenever people worry about costly mistakes at work I relate this story to them, they don't feel so bad after that.

Added by Tony Easom on 02 November 2008.
What's the expected life of this rig?

Added by Vikk on 16 January 2010.
Another 10 - 15 years they reckon.

Added by Gaz on 18 January 2010.
Does anyone work or has worked on this rig as a process operator in recent years?
Is it a good rig to work on? (conditions)
What's the journey like getting there(plane/copter)? Many delays?

Added by Vikk on 23 January 2010.
Came back yesterday, no delay to my flights but there was a delay with a flight last week sometime. Great rig in my opinion cosidering its been there a long time, good gym and the food is spot on. Bit of a nightemare flight wise as you have to fly from Aberdeen to Scatsca on the Shetland Islands with Eastern Airways then get the chopper out. I think its 100 miles north of the Shetland Islands.

Added by Chris on 25 January 2011.
I worked on the Cormorant between 1983 to 1986 as a general assistant for AMOD working with production.We used to shuttle to the North Cormorant every night for our accomodation, I wonder if anybody remembers Jizer Jim Redmond.

Added by Martin Fraser on 05 May 2011.
Spent a few Christmas's and New Years on this Platform as an Elect Tech It was a good crew and I have happy memories, It also gave me enough cash to move to Spain for early retirement. Regards to all and anyone who remembers me and to all still on there, be safe.

Added by Lez Bewick on 28 June 2011.
Spent 4 years on maintenance crew with Amec and Jack Tighe during eighties and nineties remembered the helicopter crash very vividly and the late time of night it happened around 10:00 in the evening. There was no essential need to have a chopper to fly from the Brent to shuttle us back to the Finder the accomodation barge. The younger generation do not believe of the weather conditions out there and this picture will prove different. Does anyone remember Target Zero the safety initiative by Shell? This accident/incident was not considered in the monthly safety stats because the helicopter was found on the seabed outside the 150 mts radius from the Cormorant rig which brought it report able under Maritime law.

Shame the pilot got the blame then subsequently cleared because of a previously unknown weather phenenonman a vortex where during bad stormy weather the there is no way a helicopter blade can get any lift because of the vacuum conditions that surrounded the chopper.

Added by Stewart Ellis on 30 December 2012.
worked on the cormorant a for about 18 months on the hook up for oceanic on nights down the legs we used to shuttle to the treasure finder berthed @the brent bravo after doing 15 hrs doing 2/1@first bad in the summer for getting off when the fog rolls in

Added by Ken Leask on 14 November 2014.
Picture is spot on. Worked on the rig putting up the 90m microwave mast on the boat deck in the 70s (not any fun up there when the weather comes in)

Added by Henry McLaughlin on 16 June 2017.
good pic brings back the rough old days out in that weather when living on the nortroll after the dunlin a hook up for oceanic offshore.

Added by Ken Leask on 16 June 2017.
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