Salvage team finally board oil rig

The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis

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The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis
The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis










A SALVAGE team began a full assessment of the Transocean Winner oil rig grounded on the Isle of Lewis yesterday (August 14), writes reporter Ellie Forbes.

Eight experts managed to board the rig after bad weather stopped the planned operation on Friday August 12.

On Sunday the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: ‘Technicians have created a safe alternative access.

‘The team looked at starting to transfer fuel to unbreached tanks on the rig, so that it will be in a safe place above the waterline, before trying to refloat the rig.

There is also a survey being carried out to identify the safest way to move the rig when the time comes.

An exclusion zone of 300 meters, covering air and sea, remains in place around the rig.’

Hugh Shaw, the secretary of state’s representative for maritime salvage and intervention, said: ‘Once the assessment is under way, we’ll have a much better idea of what we are dealing with, which will mean a more detailed salvage plan can be drawn up and put into place.

‘We’ve made a commitment to keeping people informed locally and we intend to keep to that – once I’m happy that the plan is ready, we will be sharing it with community leaders and the community as a whole.’