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Tartan Details - North Sea Oil

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Reference: 10766
Designer: Sim, Steven Patrick
Tartan date: 16/09/2009
Registration date: 16 January 2013
Category: Commemorative
Restrictions: Yes. The tartan is designed and owned by Steven Patrick Sim - The Tartan Artisan ® - Copyright © 2013. All weaving, tailoring, and commercial use is managed by the designer. Contact Steve regarding use at: [email protected], or use the email below.

UK IPO Registered Designs Nos. 4033866, 6104311, 6104312, 6104313, 6104314. North Sea Oil ® is UK IPO Registered Trademarks Nos. 2653520 and 3169334. Scotland’s Black Gold ® is UK IPO Registered Trademark No. 3061354.
Registration notes: The tartan pays tribute to the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry. It not only recognises the economic significance of oil, Scotland's black gold, but also remembers the challenges and personal sacrifices made by oil and gas workers in the industry. The tartan celebrates Brendan McKeown OBE (1925-2011), the petroleum engineer famously credited with bringing ashore the UK's first sample of North Sea Oil in a pickle jar on the 16th September 1969. This inaugural finding of the first commercialised North Sea oil well was recognised as a seminal moment in Scotland's industrial history. North Sea Oil was established as a commemorative tartan 45 years after this historic discovery, on the 16th September 2014. The tartan importantly acts as a memorial in remembrance of the many lives lost in the hazardous offshore environment - the ‘flame of remembrance’ in the geometry respectfully remembering Piper Alpha 6th July 1988, the world's deadliest offshore oil accident. The geometry further depicts the exploration, discovery and development of North Sea oil and gas fields. Colours: black, russet brown and gold together create the colour palette of raw crude oil, the gold accent alluding also to the flare boom of the North Sea oil rigs; dark blue - also when woven together with black - represents the North Sea and associated gas industry; the light and dark grey stripes depict the sedimentary nature of the sea bed, with three prominent lighter grey stripes significantly representing the three castles of Aberdeen City's coat of arms. Due to this enterprising city's contribution to the development and commercialisation of North Sea Oil, it became known as the Oil Capital of Europe. Visit the registrant's website for the full numeracy and rationale within the tartan:
Registrant details: Mr Steven Patrick Sim, The Tartan Artisan ®, 8a Church Street, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland, DD11 1JL
[email protected]
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