Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of Piper Alpha. As a young boy growing up in Dyce, where so much helicopter activity takes place and the oil industry is embedded in the day to day lives of everyone, it was impossible, even at the age of eight, not to be affected by what had happened.
I remember coming downstairs to find my dad watching the news on the television. The burning platform on the screen and the sombre tone of the newsreaders.
It is a tragedy which led to major changes in the way the North Sea works and operates, but we have seen warnings that the high standards implemented in the aftermath are slipping again.
I now have friends and family working offshore on a regular basis. I also have many constituents who do as well. The need for safety in the industry resonates with me every single day for that reason.
We must never forget those who lost their lives on Piper Alpha, and we must never forget the lessons that were learned from the tragedy either.