A flotilla of vessels quickly converged on the scene as everyone joined forces to try to save as many lives as possible. The captain of a tiny fishing boat was among those who joined the rescue effort.
When world-famous US firefighter Red Adair flew in from Houston to orchestrate the operation to “kill” the Piper Alpha wells, the mission appeared immense. Some even thought it impossible.
When the dreadful news about Piper Alpha broke I was in London working as a graduate trainee for Shell’s downstream business.
In the three decades that have passed since Piper Alpha this industry has changed exponentially: the disaster driving an unprecedented pace and quality of change in operational safety for offshore oil and gas.
Thirty years on as we remember the Piper Alpha disaster and the 167 lives that were lost, it is a poignant time to recognise the positive safety changes in the years since and how these principles need to be passed from one generation to the next.
Nothing was ever quite the same for Geoff Bollands or his family after tragedy struck the Piper Alpha platform on July 6 1988.
The UK Government has been forced to admit that it has kept no record of the cost of the groundbreaking public inquiry into the world’s worst offshore disaster.
A documentary marking the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster has been nominated for two Scottish Bafta awards.
An offshore energy union claimed yesterday that the government has meddled with safety recommendations brought in after the Piper Alpha disaster.
An emotional ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster was held in Aberdeen at the weekend.
With the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster drawing near, the on-going commitment to health and safety is rightly at the forefront of the industry's collective consciousness.