Landing on a North Sea Oil Platform, 1975.
Photographer Fay Godwin visited Aberdeen in the summer of 1975 to record the new industry taking hold of the North East of Scotland and promising to have a big impact on the UK economy.
Much of the expertise in exploring and drilling for oil came from American companies and many industry terms have a distinctive American sound, such as Roustabout and Roughneck.
Photo: Fay Godwin, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections.
Health and safety inspection on a Statfjord platform.
Photo: Mobile Exploration Norway Inc/Norwegian Petroleum Museum.
A North Sea diver using a Cox Gun inserting bolts into a condeep platform.
Photo: Geir Ivar Jørgensen/Norwegian Petroleum Museum.
Drilling aboard the drill ship ‘Neddrill 1’, 1985. Neddrill was active in the North Sea and at the coast of Brazil for several oil companies. The Neddrill Company was part of the Nederlandse Scheepvaart Unie and since 1970 Nedlloyd. In 1988 the ship was scrapped in Pakistan.
Photo: Unknown photographer/Maritime Museum Rotterdam.
The dimensions and numbers in the exploration and production of offshore oil and gas resources are impressing. Even “small” offshore units are rather big as is obvious from this picture of a worker entering one of the legs of a jack-up drilling rig under repair in Esbjerg, 2005.
Photo: Brian Kristensen/ Fisheries and Maritime Museum in Esbjerg.
Today quite a number of people living around the North Sea make a living on offshore drillings rigs and production platforms. The work offshore is challenging and hard as you work long hours. Still full attention is required as a number of risks are involved in the daily work, 2000s.
Photo: Bent Medvind Sørensen/ Fisheries and Maritime Museum in Esbjerg.
In the 2000’s offshore windmill parks were introduced in the North Sea offshore energy production. Some of the first windmill parks were established at Horns Rev about ten nautical miles off the west coast of Jutland. The parks are served from the offshore base in Esbjerg, 2000s. Photo: Bent Medvind Sørensen/Fisheries and Maritime Museum in Esbjerg.