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No: 1800   Contributor: R Hannah   Year: 1994   Country: United Kingdom
Tartan Alpha

Tartan Alpha, North Sea 1994
Picture added on 14 June 2009 at 13:14
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The platform looks much the same today (2009), only difference being new cranes and more rust..........

Added by B Shift Loyal on 23 June 2009.
I'm sitting on here (nightshift) bored out of my brains wondering what the hell I'm still doing here after spending all of my 20s on this dump! HELP..............

Added by Lonely Instrument Tech on 20 August 2010.
I worked this platform from 1981 (i think) until the Piper Alpha was lost, then lost my nerve and went back on ships, brings back memories.

Added by Bryan Richardson on 28 August 2010.
I worked on the Tartan in 1989 and had a couple of accidents. I think it was the rust that was holding the thing together. I'll never forget that eery noise the flareboom used to make. It used to sream when it was going. It was so hot sometimes you could feel the heat from the boom on the back of your neck when working on the pipedeck. I remember opening a container once, and somebody had written inside " The Texaco Timebomb " 3 years later the same container ended up on the Brae A !!

Added by Ronny Watson on 09 September 2010.
I remember that's where I started my offshore stint as a rousty for global Santa Fe. Big John Powell had us painting the derrick in a basket and the pipe deck. Happy days. Still remember Sunday lunch; roast beef, deep fried ice cream where are you now John Cheese Beanies?

Added by Ross Cumming on 23 January 2011.
Ahh the same old and tired comments regards the Tartan but lest we forget the Tartan gave a good livelihood to many and I had worked in worse places the Tartan gave a good grounding to many who then further their career (pastures new) based on solid foundations gained from their time spent on Tartan Alpha.

I for one arrived on Tartan Alpha in 1981 as a Gas Plant Operator (a grand title indeed) but soon discovered that indeed was all that it was a grand title as them in charge knew as much about a Gas Plant and it#s ancilliary equipment as I did but did that deter me no when I took early retirement in 1999 (FOR PERSONAL REASONS) I was OIM AND I can honestly say without fear of contridiction that everyone who worked with me received a fair crack of the whip so the Tartan does not deserve the tarnished reputation it receives in many quarters.

Added by Joe Allison on 17 April 2011.
hi joe do you remember the mural that was artisticly painted that still hangs on the bulkhead beside the bond better than any picasso or van goch it was done when the blast wall was being built

Added by Alanchristie on 07 March 2012.
Hi Alan
I remember the Mural well especially the characters depicted within, nice to know it's still on view there was actually two the other went back to White Plains NY with Janet Stoner (General Manager Texaco ABZ) the only woman to hold the post, when her stint in Aberdeen was complete. I remember the blast wall crawling about up in the gods issuing Hot Work Permits, I still have the Paperweight everyone was presented with on completion (Lord Cullen created a lot of work for a lot of people).
Take Care'

Added by Joe Allison on 09 March 2012.
Aye Joe You are 100% correct on your comment. I started on Tartan in 85 & left in 2003. Anyone who worked on Tartanic Can not complain as it was a great place for people training. I Can remember 2 old operators saying to me Look son if u can operate Tartan You can operate any platform in the north sea /Possibly The World (Danny Stuart & Tug Wilson)We Had some good laughs ehh Joe.

Added by Ronnie Oswald AKA Ozzie on 01 April 2012.
I worked on Tartan when it first started drilling as derrickman for Santa fe. Old Jack Hayley was driller, Phil Tyreman and Dennis Sharmen crane ops. I left for a while and returned in 1985 for a second stint. Mike Ogston was drilling then. Bill Pitcairn, Andy Taylor, Arthur Holmes and myself spent a few months getting all the drilling gear ready to start up drilling again as the rig had been mothballed for a while. I got a couple of years out of it then got paid off when Santa Fe had the big clear out due to the low oil prices and I think they lost the contract to Deitsman.

Worked with a great bunch of blokes. Dave Haig, Clive Brown, Sam Dixon just to mention a few. Where are you all now boys.

Added by Alan Mattinson on 13 July 2012.
Big John Powell died earlier this year I heard and Dave Haig is on Claymore I believe working for Odfjell Drilling as Toolpusher..

Added by John Fitzpatrick on 10 September 2012.
Aye, the Tartan. I started my offshore career there in March 1981 as a Gas Plant Operator. Some happy memories, mainly the people. Remember Tommy Sanderson, Ron, (Prod Foreman, struggling to remember his second name, really nice guy) Dave Morton, Brain Lincoln, Harry Fowler, John Patie, Tommy Largue, John Green, Tony Storey to name a few. I can picture a lot more but struggling with their names. I ‘trained’ there for 18 months before spending 10 years with Marathon, 14 years with Agip (Eni) and have now been 6 years with Nexen. Even after all of this time I could probably take someone round the Tartan gas plant………..well some of it! I used to reside in room 42, next to the Bond.

Added by Mike Strachan on 08 November 2012.
Hi Mike, the name that escapes you is Ron Lucas a true gentleman (sadly died of cancer a few years ago)I started in January 81, like you a gas plant operator I had worked in Libya with Harry Fowler prior to the Tartan, I partnered John Green initially, and Biffo was my Prod Foreman I to resided in Room 42 before graduating to the more salubrious quarters downstairs ha ha

Added by Joe Allison on 13 November 2012.
Well well .. it's me Steve Wood started there in 85, with the young crew, horsman Dougie Mclean, and the crane op Waspie, remember Bob Kipling sadly gone now, had a great time on there, now with ExxonMobil, where has the time gone ?

Added by Steve Wood on 02 December 2012.
I remember the old days as well very fondly, started as stand in Inst Tech and as Ozzie said was a great learning place. Was doing my BOSIET last year in Thailand and they put on a training video and who pops up but John Pillans and a few others, Joe yourself included.
Bobby Lennox

Added by Bobby Lennox on 28 January 2013.
Still on Tartan coming up to 23 years now. Most of the long termers gone but Rab Hunter, Dougie McLean still here.

Added by Steve Strong on 03 February 2013.
I was on Tartan from 1998-2004 and know a lot of the names that have posted or been mentioned here already. As has been said, it was a perfect training ground for operators. Anywhere else you move later is easy in comparison. Good memories, at least as good as they can get when you're offshore.

Added by Scott Walker on 03 March 2013.
Yeh I agree Scott good and bad memories the worse for me was being nightshift Production Foreman the evening of the Piper Alpha disaster listening to the radio traffic in the control room and outside viewing this catastrophe unfold before your eyes (guys that you knew) and being helpless to assist, it remains a fresh memory. It's the 25th anniversary this year and voluntary contributions are being sought to raise funds for the memorials refurbishment, here's to their success.

Added by Joe Allison on 06 March 2013.
Stumbled across this site by accident looking for pics of Tartan. Blast from the past to hear all the names of previous colleagues. It's a real shame to find that not all are still around but that's what happens as we age. Some may remember me as the petroleum engineer rotating with Steve Cassidy, Fraser Tavendale and Pete Fowler. We all have fond memories of tartan. Yeah I know you thought we were worms but we did appreciate the teaching you all gave us. Steve's in California, Pete's in Aberdeen, I'm in Texas and frasers in Vietnam. Only Fraser is no longer with Chevron. He's with Talisman now. I also found out last week that Charlie Cobb, drilling company man, had also passed several years ago. Tartan was my entry point and I wouldn't be where I am today but for the platform and the great folks on it. Thanks joe for posting all the news. Love it !

Added by Phil Clark on 21 March 2013.
I totally agree! Tartan Alpha was the best ever training ground for operators.
I owe my 30 years in the business to the efforts and dedication of the 'senior' guys - Joe Allison, John Green, Frank Surgeon, Derek Darley, Dave Moreton. And I'm sure the same appreciation is felt by the other trainees before and after myself. Alan Denny, Stevie Woods, Dave McArdle, Jimmy Ellis (operator), Dave Cruickshank - all products of the one-to-one production training regime onboard. Thanks to all!

Added by Arnie Robertson on 29 March 2013.
I Think That By The Comments On Tartan That everyone agree's it was a great place to work at one time. The comment about the Mural that Dod Maerston done Was Good I Still have an A3 Copy of it that I found ain the shed a couple of days ago I will take it offshore on my next rotation Scan It To File. So If anyone would like a copy send me yer e mail address. I will send it as a PDF Though. Awra best. Anyone heard abt J Trotter, chick liddle, Alex Mc laughlin

Added by Ronald Oswald AKA Ozzie on 12 April 2013.
This is great to find I worked on this rig in 1979 installing the 2 x small cranes that was for winding up the electric motors from the lower levels.

Added by GRAHAM GARRICK on 09 July 2013.
Hi Chap’s, I remember most of you and like Phil Clark also found this site by accident while looking for the dates when we had to launch the N0 3 life boat to recover a man overboard, which I may add went horribly wrong on the launch, I often wonder what happened to Jack Gentleman after we had to Lift him out the boat and with a broken leg and arm, I started with Texaco
In 1980 working in the then only Texaco office which was a converted fish shed in Tory, after escaping the regime in Iran with Bob Kipling and a few others that also joined the Tartan mob, I then moved out to the Hermes barge for Hook-up and then the first start up well (T1-Z)
It wasn’t long before H2s hit us and a major reconstruction had to be made
Changing out pipe work to H2s standard, then the building of the H2s plant,
Due to the instructions from the beach we had to keep producing at all times and this was a nightmare for all, with permits etc taking up most of the morning. And the inevitable flame detection S/D.
There where many harassing moments and my worst time was the bringing on of the Highlander project, It produced to much oil for the Test separators
To handle, and at one stage I watched oil on fire coming out the flare stack
and due to the current flowing from the flare to the platform oil on fire going under the platform.
I left the Tartan 6 weeks before the Piper disaster and had just completed my first stint in Angola (still with Texaco) and on arrival at Heathrow watched the news about the Piper explosion, I had visited the Piper once previously with Gorge Steen “OIM” and the news made my body churn as I also new a lot of the men on the Piper.
I spent six years on the Tartan and eight years in Angola, I’m now retired and live in Croatia, I get the Texaco retirement magazine sent to me each month and it’s sad to see my passed colleague’s passing away, the ones I know of are -- Gorge Steen, Fred Duffy, Bob Kipling, and the latest Denis “Baggy” Capindale
I often think of you all, Joe Allison, Brian Lincoln, Rod Baky, Frank Surgen, Bill Mcardle, and all the others.

Added by Mike Byron on 10 July 2013.
On nightshift with Tommy Daly at the moment. Place shutdown undergoing major workscopes. Lots of youngsters coming through the ranks now.

Added by Steve Strong on 07 August 2013.
Great to read the comments. I was HSE Supt in Langlands house and still keep in touch with Dan Claypool the first OIM on Tartan I see Olly Signorini from time to time.

Added by John Campell on 30 August 2013.
What a place that was . Was there the night piper went up sad night that was, old names from the past - john green Dave Morton John Reid in the stores billy fearns I still rennet all the old well numbers and my lifeboat , all the best guys

Added by Stevie wood on 30 March 2014.
Yes I remember that eyesore. What an infernal thing. I was hoping it would have been scrapped by now. Such a dangerous place to live and work. Hideous.

Added by Ian on 12 June 2014.
Are there any of the ex Texaco Overseas Tankship Guys still working on the platform?

Added by Dave Brown on 18 June 2014.
Reading this page that I came across by accident brought back a lot of memories.
Names that I have not heard of for a long time but never forgotten
It’s hard to imagine that some of the lads are still there. Rab and Little Dougie, Me and Dougie started offshore on the Tartan on the same day, along with little Ronnie Macfarlane and bunch more on D shift,
I was on the Tartan from 85 to 95 with the best bunch I have ever worked with and a lot I learned from, (probably the reason I am still in the oil and gas game)
I remember that 32 of us went on a team building course at Dunkeld, Willy O’Donnell tried to drown me when we were trying to cross a lake using a rope, never laughed so much, I think D shift held the record for the biggest bar Bill, according to Janet Stoner and she had to pay it.
As for the Piper tragedy, I went offshore the morning after it went up, not a nice place to be then,
The following week I lost my brother travelling to the Tartan for rotation, bad memories all round.
Please keep up the banter on here, I know it was and is a rust bucket but like it has been said ’’ it has given a lot of people a good standard of living’’
Bob McArdle

Added by Bob McArdle on 05 September 2014.
Tartan and the construction crew OTIS (Over Time Is Standard) Good memories. Shared the office (container under the helideck) with Ian Johnson the QC mannie for several years. Am still with Teaxco all be it now Chevron in Angola. Till recently was on a project with Alan Slater who has just retired. Ian Currie (Alfons apprentice) is now with Chevron in Houston.

Added by Ian McGregor on 23 September 2014.
Glad you all enjoyed the experience of Tartan Alpha. I was employed as a sub contractor with Grout-con on the hook-up prior to fist oil. It seems to have
been a success.

Added by Dave Johnston (piping field eng,) on 15 January 2015.
Hi guys. I often receive e-mails that there's been an update to this thread but find that nothing has changed, but this time I've found comments that I hadn't seen before such as the one form Mike Byron. The incident with the tragic events with the standby vessel crewman that Mike is referring to was my second ever offshore trip. I was working with Rhod Bakie and had just come out of the tea shack, 'D' Module, when we heard a splash. The safety guy, Bob Booth, had just thrown the dummy into the water and it was all downhill from there. I watched the disastrous attempts to launch the lifeboat and later the efforts to bring the guys off the boat that had been injured during the launch. I could go into great detail but enough.

Sad to see names of people I knew passing on. There were guys who helped a young me get a start in the industry, which I have now retired from.

Added by Mike Strachan on 30 January 2015.
Hi guys. I often receive e-mails that there's been an update to this thread but find that nothing has changed, but this time I've found comments that I hadn't seen before such as the one form Mike Byron. The incident with the tragic events with the standby vessel crewman that Mike is referring to was my second ever offshore trip. I was working with Rhod Bakie and had just come out of the tea shack, 'D' Module, when we heard a splash. The safety guy, Bob Booth, had just thrown the dummy into the water and it was all downhill from there. I watched the disastrous attempts to launch the lifeboat and later the efforts to bring the guys off the boat that had been injured during the launch. I could go into great detail but enough.

Sad to see names of people I knew passing on. There were guys who helped a young me get a start in the industry, which I have now retired from.

Added by Mike Strachan on 30 January 2015.
Nice to see old colleagues recollect their memories of life aboard the Tartan and others who level unfair criticism of the old lady, even the time I spent aboard 1981/2000 the term rust bucket was a commonly used as was, weak legs but in all my time there although we had evacuations on 2/3 occasions of non essential personnel these situations although critical were never life threating and steps taken were precautionary, on the whole though we had a good working environment, with a lot of characters whose individual personalities kept the rest of us amused and were essential for platform moral, last year we lost another three Tartan stalwarts that I am aware off, Ian McDermott, Adam Turtle, and John Espie

Added by Joe Allison on 01 February 2015.
Nice to hear from you Joe and Jim L- I trust you both are well. Is Tartan on the decomm list?

Added by John Campbell on 08 February 2015.
The Tartan was my first rig working offshore back in 1985 & then again in 1996, it's a shame the Tartan O.I.M. never shut down the gas feed into the Piper Alpha, there would be a lot more lives saved instead of thinking of money lost in revenue.

Added by Jay on 09 February 2015.
Don't know who Jay is (comments above) but it's obvious from his remarks regards the gas feed that he has little or no knowledge of Gas processing, the Tartan/Piper pipeline was 9+ miles long and 18" in diameter and and it's operating pressure was approximately 140bar, Tartan did not have the facilities to depressurise this volume of gas in the given time, Tartans gas train was shut down at 22.17, but Pipers fate was already sealed by the sheer volume of gas contained within the Tartan/Piper line and the Piper/MCPO1 line, from one who was there on the night and knew many of the Piper lads personally (a night to remember).

Added by Joe Allison on 12 February 2015.
You don't know me and you obviously have not heard of Lord Cullen
"The fire itself would have burnt out had it not been fed by the nearby Tartan and Claymore platforms hurtling gas and oil into the heart of the fire. The Claymore platform was only shut down after the second explosion. The Tartan platform was not shut down due to the cost.

The Tartan and Claymore Platforms
These platforms continued to supply oil and gas, despite the flames from Piper being visible to them. If they had shut down the supplies to Piper, the fire and subsequent explosions would have been much less severe and may have been have been limited to the Gas Module. Although the explosion and fire caused by the escape of gas from the PSV blinds was the initial cause of the disaster, the failure and rupture of the gas risers were responsible for Piper's destruction and preventing the crew members evacuation."

Added by Jay on 13 February 2015.
Aye Joe He Obviously can not realize the length pressure/volume of gas that was contained in the line.I remember we had to evacuate tartan of all non essential personnel due to a small leak on the export line. We then had to depressurize the line to flare. I and some others were involved in this task and it took days. If you watch the footage of piper she had no chance. She was already engulfed by her own gas cloud by the time tartan pipe line ruptured. Which was the second explosion, Unfortunately Tartan And It's crew on that fateful night could do nothing RIP 167

Added by Ron Oswald AKA Ozzie on 13 February 2015.
Ah Jay your remarks remind me of an old proverb, Where ignorance is bliss it's folly to be wise.

End of this thread.

Added by Joe on 19 February 2015.
Ah Joe, talking of old proverbs "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing".

So Joe you are right and Lord Cullen and his team of technical and professional researchers who took 13 months to compile the report are wrong, Lord Cullen could have come to you for your superior insight and saved everybody the time, think it's time to take your Tartan Tinted Glasses off.

Added by Jay on 20 February 2015.
Ah Jay, now your remarks are becoming more personal and this is not the forum for them, too much respect for those that perished (many known personnally) to continue with this di-a-tribe, have you read Ron Oswald's latest post in which he explains the problems encountered. And speaking of proverbs your one is new on me, but one you may have experienced directly or indirectly over the years. Thanks for sharing.

Added by Joe Allison on 22 February 2015.
Everybody who reads this thread can make their own mind up if they search online web sites for what happened on that fateful night with the death of the 167 crew on-board (some that I knew as well, RIP). Whether you like it or not Tartan & Claymore contributed massively to the disaster which could have been averted.

As you have not heard of the proverb I stated, I do not mind educating you again, it comes from Socrates.

Added by Jay on 25 February 2015.
Well said Joe Allison. I sat almost evert day of the Cullen Inquiry with the UKOOA team.

Added by John Campbell on 25 February 2015.

Added by Ron Oswald on 28 February 2015.
Regardless. Pipier A was an accident waiting to happen and sadly it did.

Added by Ian on 11 March 2015.
There's a tartan oil rig facebook page which has all the photos that were in the CCR drawer scanned and posted. (Some of you will know what I'm on about.)

Other than that she's just coming out of a shutdown. Still got a great crew and the same decor.

Added by Doyle on 21 March 2015.
Time to move on many lives lost , lets just remember them and be friends. We all served in various capacities (I probably made your beds and cleaned your cabins) This was a horrible event that will never leave my mind, I am thankful I was away long before the disaster . one thing is a fact in my eyes and that is none of us was to blame . god bless the lost !

Added by Bryan Richardson on 26 March 2015.
Guy's its good to see your names again, I was there for many years so try these names, Tommy Swan, davy laybourne, ian sissons , ian croft, john reid, and horseman, billy fearns, rab hunter, dingus the steward, I could go on and on , was there the night of the piper but when I think of Tartan I think of good times , great crack, and the people who have now gone, also dietsman paying 3.09 pence an hour and maint were on 5.09 pence an hour, and can't believe my mate dougie mclean is still there.

Added by Steve Wood on 17 April 2015.
Steve, I was on the Tartan with dingus he was quite a character but lost contact (any help would be most welcome from anybody, we were both from south shields, we worked for caterae international. ah the memories.

Added by Bryan Richardson on 30 April 2015.
I worked tartan for santa fe drilling and remember a couple of my mates worked for caterae, Gary rae and lenny cant remember his surname, both daft geordie lads, great crack, back in early 80s.

Added by Alan Mattinson on 05 May 2015.
Thanks Alan , hopefully this might jog a few memories as regards Dingus . I do remember one of the Rae family who owned the company being involved in a heli ditching , not sure if it was gary! but I do recall all survived ? Thanks for the info alan.

Added by Bryan richardson on 07 May 2015.
I worked in this platform from 1982 till 1984 as SLB Engineer. It does bring a lot off pleasant memories.

Added by Emilio Echeverri on 03 September 2015.
My own brief but good time on Tartan Alpha lasted 6 months Spring/Summer '81. As relief chemist/prod/opr left me with lifelong memories of joe trying to get his weight down. I opted for the drier climes of Saudi with a 20 year stretch. Best wishes to all the good guys I met on Tartan Alpha. If you live long enough you realise that regrets are inevitable and not very helpful. Cheers to all Jimmy Cook./
Jimmy Cook

Added by Jimmy Cook on 01 October 2015.
Worked on Tartan 1981-2001 Expro-Texaco. Great place to work made great by the people there.
Bill Fifoot who commissioned all the electrical switchboards and was the onshore electrical engineer passed on on the 5th Jan

Added by Jim Lyle on 15 January 2016.
Stumbled across this site searching the net for one of my old buddies ... I was one of the Petroleum Engineers on Tartan - Jan 88 to Mar 89. "Piper" had a profound effect on me and I have found my way into Insurance - last 12 yrs - as a "Risk Engineer" doing my bit (and my best)to prevent similar occurrences .... Separately, great to recollect good friends and great times .... all in the same rust bucket together!

Added by Francis Lobo (aka Frankie) on 01 April 2016.
I worked on Tartan as the Petroleum Engineer over the period 1983-5 and during the second spell I was on the same shift as Joe and Biffo. Most of the time I worked offshore I shared a room with Alphonse. When I left the platform after my final hitch I found about 20 cigarette packets in my luggage when customs opened my bag. Fortunately for me, if not him, Biffo had smoked most of the contents so I didn't get into trouble. My earliest attempts at satire involved adding to the telexes and weather forecasts the night before crew change using the manual typewriter in the Prod Sup's office.

I used to live near Inverurie so bumped into Jim Lyle at the pool quite often but haven't seen Frank Surgeon for sometime. I went to Ron Lucas' funeral but that was many years ago. I recall Fred Duffy being there. I'm still in touch with Dave Moreton via Facebook. I also remember other folks such such as Rod Baikie, Derek Darley (who taught me how to use the BJ cement unit), John Green, uncle Harry (no relation), Nigel Angel, Mike Byron and the guy who made exceedingly good cakes. Big Geoff and his educational materials, Sikorsky Ellis and his clipboard, Keith and his tie, Adam and his turtle, someone with the DTs.

I met Steve Smith and Frankie Lobo yesterday evening and they're well. Like Andy Turner, I'm returning to the UK shortly to an uncertain future. I've seen Phil Clark recently but heard he was let go on Thursday.

Added by Peter Fowler on 10 April 2016.
Retired from Tartan 31-03-16 after almost 26 years

Added by Steve Strong on 01 May 2016.
Was on "The Tartan" for Santa Fe Drilling early 1980's just before the "Piper Alpha" disaster. Found myself working with an Onshore friends (Andy Martin, Loch Lomond) brother mechanic, inside a deck crane, changing giant bolts out! I remember the SF guys well, but been living in British Columbia for 25 years now.

Added by Rab (Robert Kerr) Rig Welder on 04 June 2016.
Was digging around the web for a photo of Tartan for a presentation I am giving, I joined Tartan shortly after Piper as the Safety Supervisor, only stayed a year or so but was a massive learning curve for me, learning that has stood me in good stead for many years as a trainer. Went back to Montrose Fire Training Centre after my stint on Tartan then left in 1994 for Malaysia where I have been ever since. My best wishes and regards to two lovely guys, John Cambell and Olly Signorini

Added by Eric Jones on 15 July 2016.
Worked on the Tartan from December 1982 through to July 1991, then transferring to Texaco China. Great times and memories on the Tartan. Joe Allison, Harry Fowler, Eddie Weatherley, George Orr, Iain Macdermid, Brian Lincoln, Rod Baike, Ron Lucus, Nigel Angel, Andy Turner, Jim Lyle, Ken Robson, Mike Mawby, Ian johnston, Frank Surgeon, steve cassidy , Peter Fowler, Francis Lobo, Fraser (Heinz??) Peter Shearer, Dereck Darley, Keith Weston, Dave Cruikshank, Bob and Bill McArdle, Ron Oswald, Arnie Robertson, Mike Byron, Jim Ellis, and many more who are in my memory bank somewhere. I retired 2 years ago from Chevron and now spend the u.k. Winter months in Shenzhen China returning for the u.k. summer. Any updates on those named above.
Regards to all
Keith Allison

Added by Keith Allison on 02 August 2016.
Now there is a blast from the past (Keith Allison). I first met Keith 1980 at Occidentals 103A gas plant in Libya we shared both ends off a trailer (4a/4b) then we reunited many years later when he surfaced on Tartan Alpha, many memories Keith take care.

Added by Joe Allison on 03 August 2016.
Keith ALlison how are you some of the names you mentioned brought back many good times , we're have all the years gone I lived in room 36 with waspie then room 42 when I went on production and was helped a lot by your self and John green, Ron Lucas etc , now I, m an OIM would you believe it , all the best , , , Steve wood

Added by Steve wood on 08 September 2016.
Hi came across this thread, my Dad is John Espie. He worked on the tartan for many years. Sadly he passed away, would love to hear from anyone who knew him xx

Added by Yvonne espie on 09 November 2016.
Great to read this forum and reflect upon the names of some good old friends. I Was on Tartan 1979 until I took early retirement in 1997. I then moved to Thailand, where I have been ever since. Being on Tartan was a good experiencce. Keep the comments coming. Happy Christmas to all my old friends, from Big Geoff Comms Tech.

Added by Geoff Lever on 23 December 2016.
A great 18 years spent on Tartan 1979-1997. Took early retirement and moved to Thailand. Some great people mentioned in most of the comments above.
Big Geoff - Comms

Added by Geoff Lever on 25 December 2016.
I have added 2 comments over the past few days but nothing has shown up yet.... Big Geoff

Added by Geoff Lever on 26 December 2016.
I was curious to find out if any of the Piper-A lads ever went back out to the rigs to work, namely the Tartan or Claymore?

Added by John (big bird) Elder on 27 December 2016.
Hi Geoff. Many apologies for the late publishing of comments. As the main editor I try to keep things relatively up-to-date but unfortunately I was called away for a couple of weeks on a family emergency in Spain and have only just returned. Back on it now, though!

Added by on 13 January 2017.
John Espie was a great guy whom I worked with for many years, his electrical knowledge was second to none, he loved the fake shirts I used to sell him, ( not ), I left Tartan after 23 years, still keep in touch with all the good lads, many names on here blast from the past.

Added by Gaz Wallace on 31 January 2017.
Hi all, stumbled across this looking for pics of where my dad used to work before he passed away in 95 of cancer aged 52 he was on the rig since it first started, I would love to hear of any stories or anything about him, his name was Mike Sangster. Thank you in advance.

Added by Mark Sangster on 10 February 2017.
Hi mike , I knew your dad he helped me when I first when into the stores dept , he used to tell me stories when he was on nightshift , he was a good man who helped m in my oil career , , , , ,

Added by Steve wood on 28 February 2017.
I just came across this site when I was googling a memory. The Tartan was the only sight on the horizon on a clear day when I was one of the drill crew on the Ocean Victory. That was 81-83. Cowboy stuff,

Added by Neil Morrison on 26 May 2017.
I was on the Tartan Alpha with Grootcon from 1979 until 1983. I have some fond memories of the Tartan and a lot of the Production guys that were there then, Such as Fred Duffy, Brian Lincoln, Denis Capindale & Rhod Baikie. Our General Foremen were Ronnie Guy & Geordie Thompson

Added by Graham Worboys on 15 July 2017.
Mark, I worked with your dad for many years. Knew your mum Lena as well. Great guy taught me a lot.

Added by John Reid on 21 August 2017.
Hi Mark Sangster, I used to visit your Mum , as Texaco Pensioner Visitor, and went to her funeral. A nice lady and she like your Dad passed away so early in their lives. I remember you as a good young car mechanic. What happened to yourDad, s collection of model ships?

Added by John Campbell on 22 August 2017.
I was on the tartan from 79 80 worked for grootcon remember worboys and gazed ray Surtees and the guy

Added by Stew forster on 04 September 2017.
Ray Surtees plating foreman, Maurice Zarha welding foreman, Eddie Blair the boss, Billy Weirs piping eng, all Grootcon employed from Tee"s side. All went to Amoco Northwest Hutton. Great guys good mems.

Added by Dave Johnston. on 05 September 2017.
amendment to comments dated 05/09/17, for the boss read Eddie Robson not Blair, include the Yorky's Keith Wesley, Barry Warmesley, Steve Matthews. apologies for error.

Added by Dave Johnston. on 07 September 2017.
Hi, Mark Sangster. I worked with your Dad on Tartan A throughout the 1980s. There were four of us who 'job-shared' as Store Supervisors on the platform - your Dad, John Reid, John 'Winger' Pearson and me.
When I started offshore in 1981, green as grass, your Dad taught me everything I needed to know about the job. By that time, he was already a veteran in the oil game, after working on drillships all over the world with Global Marine. He'd been on Tartan from Day 1 and had designed and constructed the stores set-up pretty much single-handed. He was meticulous and conscientious in his work with an incredible attention to detail - perfect for setting up and running a complex stock control/logistics system.
In that respect, your Dad set the standards for the other three of us in Tartan Stores. He was very patient and tolerant for the most part, although I did witness his long-suffering hard-hat getting booted to the other end of the stores a couple of times after one of us had messed up his beloved Kardex stock control system!
Your Dad also liked his creature comforts when he was offshore. The four of us shared Cabin 5 on Tartan, two of us on board at any one time, the other two at home on leave. Mike talked us into buying a portable TV for the cabin, back in the days when such offshore luxury was almost unheard-of. This was fine for watching wildlife documentaries or Big Geoff's educational videos from the comfort of your own armchair.
Your Dad also installed a wee hi-fi system in the cabin which he was happy for the rest of us to use, along with his collection of tapes. (Remember tape cassettes?) His favourites were ABBA or the Pretenders, but we didn't hold that against him...
So there you go, Mark. It's nearly 30 years since I worked on Tartan but I still remember your Dad clearly as a friendly, quiet-spoken, good-natured guy who was well-liked and respected by everyone on the platform.
All the best.

Added by Archie Ramsay on 14 October 2017.
Worked with John Espie for a number of years, nicer and more helpful guy you will never meet, helped me on numerous occasions.Was on Tartan for nearly 20 years, a great place to work , only made better by the guys who worked there.Have a lot of fond memories of the place, the t-shack patter was always second to none.Have been retired now for 4 years and enjoying retirement, miss all you guys that I worked with.

Added by Dougie Cramb on 24 November 2017.
Enjoy dougie...

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Added by Gary Wallace on 28 November 2017.
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