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Southern Ninian

Southern Ninian

Date Added: 26 April 2004 Contributor: Ronald Young Year: 1976 Picture No: 774

Andy Young standing on top of the pile sleeves of the Southern Ninian platform at Nigg. (Note the lack of handrails).

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My dad says he's nearly 300ft up there and scaffolding or handrails weren't a requirement back then. He and several others were working inside that pipe he is walking on one day when a crane hit another pipe against that one and all of them had to get out of a man hole hatch and run down that pipe. After seeing this pic I no longer think my mam (picture #645) is the only mad person in my family. Comment left on 28 April 2004 at 22:25 by Ronald Young
I have put this picture of my father on the safety notice board on the Fulmar Alpha out in the central North Sea. It seems to be getting a bit of attention from the O.I.M.{ what a dad, nerves of steel } Comment left on 05 December 2004 at 08:12 by Warren Young
Hi Ronald
Saw the picture of your dad, my cousin - very good. luv Charlotte

Comment left on 15 December 2004 at 21:40 by Charlotte
Its actually very strange to see my father on his own as these days he is always seen with his best mate at his side (SKIP THE DOG) Comment left on 17 January 2008 at 01:35 by Warren Young
I believe that I remember Andy ... I was at Nigg from 1973 until about 1990 (I was then 'posted' to other parts of B&R) ...

I was originally a GW \ Helper, then Fabricator (mostly west yard and the dock) and then a Foreman (mostly Fab Shop 2) ... I have NO bad memories of that time, whatsoever ... the 'crack' was tremendous (and the great money didn't hurt either !) ...

Oh yes - handrails - puulllease ! ... we used to wander around on the top of the upper legs and cross-braces, with our hands in our pockets!
Comment left on 16 December 2008 at 20:20 by J. Derek Riddell
I worked as a production operator on the Ninian Field for 26 years. I worked on Ninian Central, which was built at Kishorn and Ninian Northern and Southern which were built at Nigg. Ninian South was my last one. Comment left on 09 March 2019 at 18:24 by Simon Gunn
I remember Derek when you arrived at Cullicudden you Jim Mclean and Peter ? three poor students. Comment left on 27 March 2019 at 20:56 by Jim Jack (Sharkey)
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