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Tells the stories of the pioneer divers

Tragedies and tough jobs, but also friendship, humor and pride. The book "På dypt vann - pionerdykkerne i Nordsjøen" (In deep water - the pioneer divers in the North Sea) hopes to shed new light on the early history of the offshore divers on the Norwegian shelf.


"This book is no dirge, even though we have also included sad stories. We want to emphasize the humor and the comradeship that characterized this milieu during the early years on the Norwegian shelf. We have given those who worked there the opportunity to tell their version, their perception of their daily lives," says publisher Øyvind Wigestrand in Wigestrand Forlag.

Else M. Tungland is the primary
author of the book "På dypt vann -
pionerdykkerne i Nordsjøen" (In deep
water - the pioneer divers in the North
Sea), which will be published in the fall.
The primary author, Else M. Tungland, is a sociologist and employed by the Igor Centre for Workplace and Corporate Culture, a consultancy firm that originated from RF-Rogaland Research. In her work on the book, Tungland interviewed former pioneer divers. And it is their stories, anecdotes and personal photographs that are now placed between the book covers. The book will be published in the fall.

Valuable contribution
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (Now the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway - PSA) has provided financial support for the book. Øyvind Lie in the PSA has followed the book project since the start in 2001, and is a member of the project's working group. He thinks the book will provide a valuable contribution to the pioneer divers' posthumous reputation.

"There are many aspects of the divers'
history that must be told," says
Øyvind Lie. He has followed the book
project since the start in 2001.
"There are many aspects of the divers' history that must be told, and I feel it is positive that the divers' own informal memories are retold. We must not forget the tragedies, of course, but the divers' history is more than just accidents and delayed injuries," says Lie, who was an offshore diver in the past.

"Reality, if anyone knows it, is more broad and more complex than what emerges in this book. The history of the pioneer divers is compound in many ways. We can hope and believe that the Norwegian Petroleum Museum can approach reality in its planned history project," says Lie.

The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is also working on illuminating this part of early, Norwegian oil history, and is now only formalities away from the starting line for a major research project on the pioneer divers. The goal is to arrive at a kind of "historically correct" history of divers.

Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Inger Anda
Press contact
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Tel.: +47 970 54 064