Transocean Winner update: Boom deployment exercise planned today in Broad Bay, Stornoway

At about 1pm today (Thursday 22 September) the Briggs Environmental vessel Forth Drummer will be undertaking a boom deployment exercise in the location of the Transocean Winner at Broad Bay, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, weather permitting.

The training exercise will see 200 metres of containment boom deployed. The exercise which is designed to confirm to Briggs personnel response timings, in advance of operations transferring the Transocean Winner onto the OHT Hawk – the semi-submersible heavy lift vessel due to take place at a later date.  The exercise is scheduled to last approximately 3 hours.

A Temporary Exclusion Zone (TEZ) of 1,000 metres is still in place around the Transocean Winner’s current position in Broad Bay and will remain in place to minimise any risk to safety for other craft using the area.  It also provides a safe working environment for divers and the numerous surface vessels supporting the ongoing salvage operation.  An additional TEZ will be established around the positon of the OHT Hawk during the loading operations.

UPDATE:  This training exercise has been postponed for at least two days due to windy weather.  If it does go ahead we will keep everyone posted via Twitter

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