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Pioneer Divers in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea

Feb 9th 2011 at 5:48 AM



Different web sites has been set up to draw attention to what is being done here in Norway for the divers and families  of divers who were injured  or killed in the Norwegian Sector.

In the early 90’s a group of divers i n Norway formed an organization to fight for the rights of the divers and their families; the Nordsjødykker Alliansen, in English, the North Sea Divers Alliance or simply the NSDA.

The primary reason the NSDA began was because between 1965 and 1990 there were 56 confirmed diving fatalities in the North Sea; 40 British  divers, 8 American divers, 5 Norwegian  divers, 2 French  divers and 1 Italian  diver

There were also an equal or larger number of unconfirmed fatalities. Seventeen of these confirmed fatalities were in the Norwegian Sector. Most of these men had families. Very few of these families received any of the pensions they were entitled to under Norwegian Law. Additionally there were a very large number of serious injuries and long term debilitating effects from diving done in the early days of North Sea oil exploitation.

Based on a Royal Commission,  referred to as the “Lossius  Commissionthe Norwegian Government decided to award compensation to divers and or their families because the situation they faced. This compensation does in no way makes up for the loss of a father and husband or the men who suffered debilitating injuries but it does help contribute to a better life for the survivors.

For more information:

If any one out there is serious and can help to find the families, or who just wants more information please do your contact directly to:

Tom Wingen
Brunla Gård. N-3294 Stavern, Norway
Tel: (+47) 959 444 85 | E-mail:

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