Update: Transocean Winner drilling rig, Isle of Lewis (15th August)
Another six people are set to join the team of salvors who are currently on board the drilling rig Transocean Winner today as part of the ongoing salvage operation.
Smit Salvage has confirmed that the two diesel oil tanks in the hull are intact and plans are under way to transfer the contents – a total of 137 metric tonnes – using onboard pumping systems to other tanks above the water line.
The salvors continue their damage assessment and preparation for the refloat.
Transocean continues to check and restore equipment and other essential services.
An AugustaWestland AW139 helicopter is now based in Stornoway to support the operation. A second aircraft has also been mobilised and may arrive on the island later today.
An exclusion zone of 300 metres remains in place around the rig covering the sea and air, which means no drones will be permitted in the area, providing a safe working area for the salvage team to work in.
The Scottish Operational Environment Group continues to support and closely monitor the incident. There are no reports of pollution.
|Picture: Maritime & Coastguard Agency|