Supporting pioneer divers

October 29, 2001, 09:00 CET

Former divers whose ability to work has been diminished after they served on the Norwegian continental shelf between 1965 and 1990 are to receive financial help from Statoil.

“This means we’ll be taking responsibility for a group of people whose health was damaged during the pioneering years offshore,” says Henrik Carlsen, executive vice president for Exploration & Production Norway.

He adds that divers made a great contribution to the development of petroleum operations on the NCS.

“We know that many former divers are living today in difficult circumstances, both financially and socially. We consider this unacceptable.”

The support scheme also gives opportunities to assist the family of a deceased diver whose death is considered to be related to his diving work.

People who believe they qualify must apply for assistance, and such applications will be considered by a specially-appointed board.