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Well liked chef dies at Clair Ridge project

Graeme Calder (55) died on the Safe Caledonia accommodation platform, near the BP west of Shetland oil and gas development.

Mr Calder, who passed away on Monday, was from Buckie in Moray.

The circumstances of Mr Calder’s death are not thought to be suspicious, with a medical condition given as the cause by police who described his death as “sudden”.

The chef manager worked for global offshore catering firm Aramark on the Prosafe-owned accommodation platform.

Mr Calder had previously worked  on the Magnus platform, north-east of Shetland, operated by EnQuest after the buyout from BP 12 months ago.

Previous to Magnus, Mr Calder worked on the North Sea’s Floatel Victory platform.

A spokesman for Aramark said: “Aramark Offshore confirms with deep regret the sudden passing of our colleague on the Safe Caledonia floating accommodation unit (flotel) at the Clair Ridge platform, west of Shetland.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family at this time. Support is also being provided to our colleagues on the Clair Ridge and Caledonia who are grieving a much loved co-worker and friend.”

People have paid tribute to Mr Calder online and via social media, with many saying he would be “sorely missed”.

A BP spokesman said: “BP is deeply saddened to confirm that one of our Aramark colleagues died following a medical incident on the Safe Caledonia floating accommodation unit (flotel) which is currently stationed at the Clair Ridge platform.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased and their colleagues on the Safe Caledonia and Clair Ridge and are providing them with every support we can.”

Mr Calder began his career in the the offshore and maritime sectors  as an apprenticeship at Herd and MacKenzie shipbuilding shipyard in Buckie.

The shipyard was a big employer in the Moray area, and many young men’s first foray into the offshore sector.

Local councillor for the Buckie Ward, Gordon Cowie, described the situation as “very sad”.

He added: “It it’s awful sad that this kind of thing has happened to someone, especially offshore. At 55-years old he was not an old man. You’re thinking about his family at this sad time.”

Source: Energy Voice

Published: 26-10-2018

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