This book published in 2014 is an English version of the book “Nordsjødykkerne”, published in Norwegian in 2009.
“On the edge, under water” documents offshore diving and the pioneer divers on the Norwegian continental shelf. Historians Kristin Øye Gjerde and Helge Ryggvik have sought to provide a nuanced and broad-based historical presentation, which carries the story from the start of oil exploration on the NCS down to the present day. Divers in the North Sea have been key players in developing the Norwegian oil industry. They helped to establish a new and unknown industry, which presented substantial challenges and the need to move boundaries. The authors write about the divers and their work, technological development and research, the diving companies, unionisation and government regulation. They provide an insight into a tough and risky profession, where accidents and tragedies have made their mark.
Chapter 1: Diving and oil exploration
Chapter 2: New challenges on Ekofisk and Frigg
Chapter 3: How special were the North Sea divers?
Chapter 4: Accidents and regulations
Chapter 5: Condeep diving
Chapter 6: In deeper waters
Chapter 7: The Alexander L Kielland disaster
Chapter 8: Safety and responsibility
Chapter 9: Controversial research dives
Chapter 10: What is the limit?
Chapter 11: Subsea technology replaces the divers
Chapter 12: National protectionism, globalisation and a new deal
Chapter 13: The diver issue