1980 -1980

Accident, failed uprighting

1980

Accident: After the accident

William Graham about the accident

British Bill Graham worked on the Edda platform and lived on Kielland. Listen to an audio...

Accident: During the accident

Phillips Petroleum Company logs

Read Phillips Petroleum Company's logs from the accident

Accident: During the accident

Alarms at the Rogaland Central Hospital

Torbjørn Erga worked as a porter at the Central Hospital in Rogaland. Early in the...

Accident: During the accident

Alexander L Kielland – Norway’s worst-ever industrial accident

”Mayday, Mayday, Alexander Kie...” Baste Fanebust, shipping coordinator at the Ekofisk...

Accident: During the accident

Witnessed rescue operation from land

Lars B Takla, later CEO at Phillips Petroleum Company Norway, was a chief engineer with...

Consequences: Memories

Surviving the Kielland accident – Svendsbøe

The head emerging from the foaming waves was white as chalk. By the time it disappeared...

Consequences: Memories

123 never came back

At the memorial in Førresfjorden Per Priest said: There is not 123, but one, and one, and...

Consequences: Memories

Survived the Alexander L. Kielland disaster – Tony Sylvester

My name is Tony Sylvester. One of the platforms that I was working on was in the Ekofisks,...

Accident: During the accident

Cleanup and search for the deceased at the Ekofisk field

Five diving vessels were involved in the cleanup.

Accident: After the accident

What happened to Henrik Ibsen?

The Henrik Ibsen was towed out to Ekofisk on 18 April 1976. This Pentagone-type unit, with...

Accident: During the accident

Towing the Capsized Kielland rig

The towing of the capsized Kielland rig ashore was a challenging operation that involved...

Investigation: The work of the Commission of Inquiry

Initial investigations of the wreckage after the rig was towed ashore

At 8:10 on Monday morning, April 21st, 1980, the M/S Åmøyfjord departed from Kalhammeren...

Accident: During the accident

Complaints about drilling during the search for the deceased

The divers complained that drilling mud was being released while the search was ongoing.

Photo archive

First righting attempt

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